Vinesh Phogat, the one Indian lady wrestler to have certified for Tokyo Olympics, has pulled out of the nationwide camp citing well being security issues amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a call 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 will not be snug travelling to Lucknow as she is petrified 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 will not be good to journey to Lucknow,” Vinesh instructed PTI.
The 2019 World Championship bronze-medallist mentioned she “falls sick very simply” so she doesn’t wish to take an opportunity along with her well being. “My abdomen is fairly delicate. You possibly can’t exit of the SAI centre in Lucknow, so you possibly can’t get your self just a few issues which you want. In Lucknow, instances are rising but it surely’s secure in Haryana, so I’m extra snug right here.”
The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) will not be impressed with causes given by the Asian Video games gold-medallist. “The choice committee will determine if Vinesh will get exemption or not. The camp is for gamers. We wish preparation to kick off now for Olympics,” mentioned a WFI Assistant secretary Vinod Tomar.
“We’re not operating a store for our profit, the camp is for gamers and once they categorical such apprehensions, it’s 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 mentioned, his case is “completely different”.
“We all know that Chhatrasal is a big facility. There’s a fitness center, mats and sufficient coaching companions for Sushil. We don’t know at which Akhada Vinesh is coaching, what sort of amenities are there,” he mentioned.
“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 are able to 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, we now have to take a look at 2024 as properly,” mentioned Tomar. The boys’s freestyle camp will start with all six Olympic weight classes, together with the 65kg by which medal hopeful Bajrang Punia competes.
“Bajrang might be there in Sonepat for the camp alongside together with his private coach Shako Bentinidis. Solely Sushil has received exemption,” mentioned 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 means 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 change into extra aggressive. It will likely be attention-grabbing to see who prevails in trials for Olympic qualification tournaments, subsequent 12 months.