Vinesh Phogat Pulls Out Of National Camp, Irks WFI

New Delhi: Vinesh Phogat, the one Indian girl wrestler to have certified for Tokyo Olympics, has pulled out of the nationwide camp citing well being security considerations amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a choice which has irked the nationwide federation.

The rescheduled nationwide camp for Olympic weight class wrestlers is about to start from September 1 in Lucknow (ladies) and Sonepat (males).

Nonetheless, Vinesh isn’t comfy travelling to Lucknow as she is afraid of her well being amid the raging pandemic.

“I am not going to attend the camp. I am training every day with coach Om Parkash, who follows the plan which my personal coach Woller Akos sends me every week. The situation is not good to travel to Lucknow,” Vinesh instructed PTI.

The 2019 World Championship bronze-medallist stated she “falls sick very easily” so she doesn’t wish to take an opportunity along with her well being.

“My stomach is pretty sensitive. You can’t go out of the SAI centre in Lucknow, so you can’t get yourself a few things which you need. In Lucknow, cases are rising but it’s safe in Haryana, so I am more comfortable here.”

The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) isn’t impressed with causes given by the Asian Video games gold-medallist.

“The selection committee will decide if Vinesh will get exemption or not. The camp is for players. We want preparation to kick off now for Olympics,” stated a WFI Assistant Secretary Vinod Tomar.

“We are not running a shop for our benefit, the camp is for players and when they express such apprehensions, it’s a bit surprising,” he added.

When requested about Sushil Kumar being given exemption to remain and prepare on the Chhatrasal Stadium, as a substitute of the nationwide camp, Tomar stated, his case is “different”.

“We know that Chhatrasal is a huge facility. There is a gym, mats and enough training partners for Sushil. We don’t know at which Akhada Vinesh is training, what kind of facilities are there,” he stated.

“The SAI has supported these players with TOPS and many exposure trips. They should think about it.”

The ladies’s camp will start in 50kg, 53kg, 57kg, 62kg, 68kg however WFI can herald wrestlers from 76kg, one other Olympic weight class, as nicely.

“We can actually think about it. But we will also let the upcoming wrestlers in 53kg (Vinesh’s category) to be at camp. After all, we have to look at 2024 as well,” stated Tomar.

The boys’s freestyle camp will start with all six Olympic weight classes, together with the 65kg during which medal hopeful Bajrang Punia competes.

“Bajrang will be there in Sonepat for the camp along with his personal coach Shako Bentinidis. Only Sushil has got exemption,” stated Tomar.

Bajrang is coaching on the Encourage Institute for Sports activities (IIS) in Bengaluru with Bentinidis and fellow wrestler Jitender Kumar, who competes in Sushil’s class (74kg).

India have earned Olympic qualification by way of Bajrang (65kg), Ravi Dahiya (57kg), and Deepak Punia (86kg) from amongst males.

With Nar Singh Yadav additionally coming again after serving his four-year doping ban, the 74kg has grow to be extra aggressive.

It will likely be attention-grabbing to see who prevails in trials for Olympic qualification tournaments, subsequent 12 months.


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