Wrestling Federation of India is walking the talk. The national governing body for wrestling, in association with the WFI Principal Sponsors Tata Motors Commercial Vehicle Division, has extended its cash incentives programme to the junior and cadet wrestlers.
In a first for Indian wrestling, national champions in junior and cadet categories have been offered cash incentives. An amount of ₹ 60,000 for cadets and ₹ 90,000 for junior national champions for both boys and girls have been awarded as an annual scholarship.
“Wrestling Federation of India has an unparalleled commitment to promote the sport and bring in professionalism at grass roots level. Taking our commitment further, we have decided to extend an annual monetary reward of ₹ 60,000 and ₹ 90,000 to the cadet and junior national champions respectively,” said Mr Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, President, WFI. “With our Principal Sponsors Tata Motors, WFI has introduced numerous schemes for Indian wrestlers. We are the first national sports federation to offer annual contracts to our athletes. With this programme for cadets and juniors, we are taking that initiative further.”
The WFI president himself went to the national camps at Sonepat and Lucknow where boys and girls train respectively to handover the cheques. He also interacted with the campers to take stock of their problems and requirements and assured them the best possible facilities from grass roots level.
“The WFI has been managing its affairs in a professional and transparent manner and results are there for everyone to see. Tata Motors Commercial Vehicles has been a committed partner in this journey to drive Indian wrestling to greater heights. The WFI had also set bench mark for every other sports governing body by offering annual contract to its elite athletes. Now, the support has been assured for the talented bunch standing at the lowest rung in the hierarchy of competitive wrestling in India,” said Ashish Chadha, CEO, Sporty Solutionz, commercial partners of WFI. “Tata Motors commitment to this cause has been unparalleled.”
The WFI president had assured the availability of the diet and food supplement for the selected athletes.