Wrestling nationals to be held at three venues for Covid safety

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By: Express News Service | New Delhi |

December 15, 2020 10:23:05 pm





If the occasion goes forward as deliberate, wrestling will be the primary main sport to conduct its nationwide championships for the reason that outbreak of the pandemic. (File Photo)

In a bid to maintain grapplers, coaches and different officers protected from Covid-19, the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) will conduct its National Championships in three cities over three weekends in January and February, its president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh stated.

While the dates are but to be finalised, the WFI stated it expects wrestlers from all states to participate within the championships, which is able to be held in Noida, Agra and a yet-to-be-decided venue in Punjab. Strict Covid-19 protocols will be in place and the wrestlers, together with their entourages, may have to bear RT-PCR checks earlier than being allowed to participate.

If the occasion goes forward as deliberate, wrestling will be the primary main sport to conduct its nationwide championships for the reason that outbreak of the pandemic. Sailing is the one sport thus far to have held its nationals – in Mumbai final month. The Athletics Federation of India had thought-about organising the National Throws Championship in October, however couldn’t achieve this due to pandemic-forced restrictions.

“It is important to begin our activities. The qualification tournaments for the Olympics will start soon and for that, we need to make sure our wrestlers are in top condition,” Singh stated. “Each state is allowed to send just one wrestler in each category. Holding the championships in three cities will ensure there is no over-crowding at one venue.”

The males’s freestyle championship is scheduled in Noida, whereas the ladies’s occasion will be carried out in Agra. The Greco-Roman class will be held in Punjab. “We will finalise the dates and the third venue in a day or two,” Singh stated.

Yadav set to return

Dope-tainted wrestler Narsingh Yadav will compete for the primary time in 4 years on Wednesday when he takes on Germany’s Osman Kubilay Cakici in a 74kg bout of the World Cup in Belgrade. Yadav was suspended for 4 years for failing a dope take a look at prior to the Rio Olympics.

Yadav’s return to the mat is being keenly watched as India is but to seal a quota for the Tokyo Olympics on this weight class. If he does properly, it could open up a three-way battle between him, his nemesis Sushil Kumar and Jitender Kumar, who has competed within the 74kg class of their absence.

2019 World Championship bronze medallist Ravi Dahiya, too, will be within the fray on Wednesday. Dahiya mayt get an opportunity to avenge his defeat to world champion Zavur Uguev within the semifinals of the World Championship final 12 months. Dahiya and Uguev are drawn in numerous brackets and can face one another provided that they attain the ultimate.

Indian wrestlers have had a disappointing run thus far at the World Cup. After the Greco-Roman wrestlers flopped, the ladies too have struggled in what’s their first event since February.

Top wrestling nations like USA, China, Cuba, Japan and Kazakhstan have skipped the event. India, too, are with out a few of their prime wrestlers – together with Vinesh Phogat (53kg class), Divya Kakran (68kg), Bajrang Punia (65kg) and Jitender (74kg).

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