World Wrestling Championships: WFI to hold trials on August 31 at IGI Stadium

WFI will hold trials for the World Wrestling Championships that will be held in Oslo, Norway from October 2-10 in New Delhi.
WFI will hold trials for the World Wrestling Championships that will be held in Oslo, Norway from October 2-10 in New Delhi.

World Wrestling Championships: The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) will hold trials for the World Wrestling Championships that will be held in Oslo, Norway from October 2-10. The trials will be held at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi in all 10 weight categories.

WFI President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh told InsideSport that the trials will be held in a fair manner.

“The world championship trials will be held at IGI stadium and the trials will be held in a clean and fair manner. Wrestlers who have done well will be given an opportunity,” Singh said.

Freestyle, Greco Roman and Women’s Wrestling are the three disciplines in which wrestlers in 10 weight categories will participate in the trials.

Bajrang Punia pulls out

Olympic bronze medallist Bajrang Punia will not compete in the upcoming wrestling World Championships after being advised a six-week rehabilitation to treat the ligament tear he suffered in his right knee in the run-up to the Tokyo Games.

Wrestling World Championships: Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Bajrang Punia out of Worlds with ligament tear

Bajrang will not be able to begin his mat training until the rehabilitation programme is complete.

“It’s a ligament tear, and I have been asked to follow a rehabilitation programme for six weeks by Dr Dinshaw. I won’t be able to compete at the World Championship,” Bajrang told PTI.

“The Worlds was the only major championship in the calendar for this year. I don’t see myself competing in any other tournament this season,” he added.

“Since it was my first Olympics and I had a dream to win an Olympic medal, I competed through pain in Tokyo. I had to do it.” Bajrang said.

“I am doing it [rehabilitation] myself in Sonepat. Dr. Dinshaw has advised a few exercises that I am doing every day now in the gym. The mat-training time will also go into the rehab,” he said.