Rupinder Kaur Sandhu to represent Australia at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat

Indian origin Rupinder Kaur Sandhu is selected to represent Australia at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan along with eighteen other athletes.

Rupinder Sandhu will compete in 48kg category wrestling and fellow contestant Carissa-Jane Holland in 53Kg. Rupinder also won Gold Medal in 48kg wrestling division in this year’s Australian National Championships held in Sydney.

Rupinder Kaur migrated to Australia ten years ago from India. Married and settled in Australia Rupinder is a proud mother of a two-year-old girl.  She represented Australia in 53Kg Division wrestling at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. She is also hopeful about her chances in representing Australia at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at the 48Kg Division.

Though this is the 5th Asian Indoor Games, Australia is participating for the first time. The Games will be held from 17-27th September 2017. The Australian team is contesting in three sports events; weightlifting, wrestling and taekwondo in this 45 Nation event.

At the Games a total of 21 sports will be represented: five Olympic sports (cycling, equestrian, taekwondo, weightlifting and wrestling), five Olympic sports contested only in non-Olympic formats (basketball, athletics, football, swimming and tennis) and eleven non-Olympic sports (bowling, chess, cue sports, dancesport, ju-jitsu, kickboxing, kurash, muaythai, sambo, belt wrestling and traditional wrestling)

Australia’s Ashgabat 2017 AIMAG Team:


Will Afonczenko M-63kg

Ruth Hock F-67kg

Deanna Kyriazopoulos F-46kg

Adam Meyers M+87kg

Cameron Taylor M-80kg

Keshena Waterford F-49kg



Ridge Barredo M105kg

Jocelyne Francken F69kg

Matthew Lydement M105kg

Jacob Marquardt M94kg

Sofia Zudova F75kg

Brandon Wakeling M69kg



Ariadne Burkhart F58kg

Connor Evans M74kg

Carissa-Jane Holland F53kg

Rupinder Kaur F48kg

Liam Neyland M65kg

Petrus Palm M57kg

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