Doubts over wrestlers returning to camp


The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) could maintain preparatory camps for Olympic quota holders and the medal prospects after the coronavirus subsides within the nation.

Wrestler Bajrang Punia (PTI Image)

Wrestler Bajrang Punia (PTI Image)

The Wrestling Federation of India is planning to maintain nationwide camp for Olympic quota holders and the medal prospects in May finish, if normalcy is restored. However the physique worries that the variety of grapplers may scale back considerably.

Speaking to Mail Today, WFI assistant secretary Vinod Tomar mentioned organising camp right now, even when the lockdown ends on May 3, can be ‘really tough’. “I think our major wrestlers would avoid participating in the camp. Our is a contact sport and nobody would want to get infected before Tokyo Olympics. We want our players to start preparation but not at their health risk.

“If the lockdown gets over on May 3, then we will think of holding the camp in May end. But let’s see what happens. We just want our wrestler to get ready for the Olympics with proper care and health,” Tomar mentioned.

Mail Today has learnt that WFI president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh spoke to nationwide coaches and has requested them to work together with wrestlers to draw a roadmap for the longer term. “We are also in constant touch with our wrestlers. They are practicing at home or the akhada where they live. Routine exercise is what they are

following right now,” mentioned Tomar.

“Jitender Kumar lives with Bajrang Punia so he is training with him. Vinesh Phogat is also working hard. Same many other wrestlers are training with their cousins or partners living with them. Everybody wants to get back to mat but the situation right now is dangerous and we want everything to sort out soon,” he added.

A nationwide coach advised the paper that, “We have been in regular touch with the grapplers, especially the ones who compete in the Olympic weight categories.” As many as 40 grapplers in every type — freestyle, Greco-Roman and girls’s wrestling — have been a part of the nationwide camps earlier than the WFI suspended them due to the lethal Coronavirus pandemic.

Notably, suspension of camps other than closure of all akharas throughout the nation has left wrestlers to fend for themselves. Most of them are coaching on their very own of their respective hometowns. The United World Wrestling had postponed its championships that have been deliberate earlier than June 30. It had additionally cancelled all worldwide tournaments on this time-frame and had advised all of the nationwide federations to cancel their occasions.

It will likely be fascinating to see if the nationwide camp occurs, what number of wrestlers will take part.

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