Wrestling Federation of India to host Senior National Championships in Uttar Pradesh in November
The Wrestling Federation of India has sent out invitations to their affiliated units have announced the dates of the Senior National Championship. The Nationals will be held in Uttar Pradesh and unites such as the Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) and Service Sports Promotion Board (SSCB) have also been extended invites. As per the invitation, the tournament is slated from November 19 to 21 at Nandini Nagar Sports Complex, Nawabganj, Gonda.
The 2021 Senior National Wrestling Championship will be the second senior nationals to be held this year as the federation had organised the 2020 championships, which had to be postponed due to the raging Covid-19 pandemic earlier this year. As quoted by The New Indian Express, a WFI source said, “State units have to send their respective entries latest by November 4. Due to the Covid situation, each association can send a maximum of 10 wrestlers and two coaches in each style (freestyle, Greco-Roman and women’s wrestling) except for the top three finishers in the previous edition, who can send two wrestlers in each weight category.”
Meanwhile, the national camp for the wrestlers selected for the World Championships scheduled is expected to begin soon. As per the same report, the WFI has already sent a request in this regard to the Sports Authority of India and awaiting their approval. “We are expecting SAI’s approval in a day or two,” added the WFI source.
The source added, “Trials to pick up the wrestlers were held at the IG Stadium in New Delhi on August 31. Grapplers in a few categories have yet not been selected. “Trials in a few weight categories (63kg/GR, 82kg/GR, 92kg/FS and 76kg/WW) will be held during the camp as only one wrestler turned up in each division.”
The World Championships are scheduled in Oslo, Norway, from October 2 to 10