Wrestling Federation of India is setting new precedence not just in governance and commercialisation of the sports, but also in enforcing strict discipline and code.
With an aim to cleanse the system and abolish the threat of doping, the Wrestling Federation of India will also hold the coaches and support staff responsible if a player is caught for doping. The liability and penalty shall not be restricted to the players, but the coach and support staff too will face severe action. Punitive majors include also a ban on the coach and support staff.
The coaches have been strictly instructed to inform the WFI about any potential drug abuse by the athletes at the national camp. Any failure to report abuse will invoke suspension for the coaches.
The WFI has circulated at notice to this effect. “In the recent years, Indian wrestling has been affected by three-four doping cases at the international level, which not only resulted in Indian wrestling being shamed globally but it also led to WFI paying heavy fines to the UWW. The WFI has, in fact, paid ₹ 32 lakhs in fine to the UWW for two of the country’s wrestlers returning positive for banned substances,” WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh has stated in an advisory wrestlers attending national camps, all coaches and support staff.
“Indian wrestlers alone can’t be blamed for doping, but the coaches and support staff attached with them at the national camp and during international events will equally have to take the blame for their failure to curb the doping menace. The coaches’ responsibility is not only restricted to imparting training to the wrestlers, but also to ensure that they remain dope free and don’t consume prohibited substances. WFI has decided that if any wrestler returns positive for doping at the camp or during international competitions, not only the wrestler but the attached coach and support staff will also be banned for an indefinite period. In fact, all the coaches and support staff members at the camp will be banned for their failure to stop doping. It’s important that all the wrestlers must be aware about doping and its consequences,” the notice added.
Having been slapped with heavy penalties for Indian wrestlers indulgences in doping, the WFI resolved to hold all stakeholders – wrestlers, coaches and support staff – responsible for any suspected dope case.