Tokyo Olympics: India’s star wrestler Bajrang Punia on Friday suffered a right knee injury while competing in a local Russian tournament, less than a month before the start of the Tokyo Olympics.
However, his coach Shako Bentinidis assured him that there is not anything to worry about.
Competing in the Ali Alyev tournament, Bajrang was up against A Kudyev in the semifinal when he sustained the injury.
It all started with a right leg attack that Bajrang launched on the Russian but Kudyev got hold of Bajrang’s right leg and pulled him. With Bajrang lying on his back on the mat, Kudyev went for a pin but the Indian, writhing in pain, had given up by then.
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The referee immediately stopped the bout and called the physio.
Bajrang was struggling to stand and was seen limping as he forfeited the bout.
“He is fine and normal. He has been given a pain-killing injection. It does not look serious, he should be okay,” Bajrang’s Georgian coach Shako Bentinidis told PTI from Russia.
One of India’s medal favorites at the Tokyo Games, Bajrang has been in Russia for a few weeks now as he skipped the Poland Open, preferring to train in Russia.
Ali Alyev meet used to be a regular event on UWW’s annual calendar but this year the Russian Federation did not get permission from the world governing body due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Russian Federation then went ahead with the tournament.