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 snug travelling to Lucknow as she is scared of her well being amid the raging pandemic. “I’m not going to attend the camp. I’m coaching on a regular basis with coach Om Parkash, who follows the plan which my private coach Woller Akos sends me each week. The state of affairs isn’t good to journey to Lucknow,” Vinesh instructed PTI.
The 2019 World Championship bronze-medallist stated she “falls sick very simply” so she doesn’t need to take an opportunity together with her well being. “My abdomen is fairly delicate. You possibly can’t exit of the SAI centre in Lucknow, so you’ll be able to’t get your self a couple of issues which you want. In Lucknow, circumstances are rising nevertheless it’s secure in Haryana, so I’m extra snug right here.”
It is a bit shocking: WFI
The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) isn’t impressed with causes given by the Asian Video games gold-medallist. “The choice committee will determine if Vinesh will get an exemption or not. The camp is for gamers. We would like preparation to kick off now for Olympics,” stated a WFI Assistant secretary Vinod Tomar.
“We aren’t working a store for our profit, the camp is for gamers and once they specific such apprehensions, it is a bit shocking,” he added. When requested about Sushil Kumar being given exemption to remain and prepare on the Chhatrasal stadium, as an alternative of the nationwide camp, Tomar stated, his case is “completely different”.
“We all know that Chhatrasal is a large facility. There’s a gymnasium, mats and sufficient coaching companions for Sushil. We do not know at which Akhada Vinesh is coaching, what sort of services are there,” he stated.
“The SAI has supported these gamers with TOPS and plenty of publicity journeys. They need to give it some thought.” The ladies’s camp will start in 50kg, 53kg, 57kg, 62kg, 68kg however WFI can usher in wrestlers from 76kg, one other Olympic weight class, as properly.
“We will truly give it some thought. However we will even let the upcoming wrestlers in 53kg (Vinesh’s class) to be at camp. In any case, now we have to take a look at 2024 as properly,” stated Tomar. The lads’s freestyle camp will start with all six Olympic weight classes, together with the 65kg by which medal hopeful Bajrang Punia competes.
“Bajrang can be there in Sonepat for the camp alongside together with his private coach Shako Bentinidis. Solely Sushil has bought exemption,” stated Tomar.
Bajrang is traning 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 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 change into extra aggressive. Will probably be attention-grabbing to see who prevails in trials for Olympic qualification tournaments, subsequent yr.