September 25, 2022

Specific Information Service

CHENNAI: Olympic-bound Indian wrestlers is not going to journey to Tokyo with different Indian athletes. As an alternative, they are going to head for the Japanese capital from their respective coaching bases both on July 26 or 27.

The Indian Olympic Affiliation (IOA) knowledgeable on Saturday that the primary batch of the nation’s Tokyo-bound athletes will go away by an Air India chartered flight on July 14. The remainder of the contingent will journey between July 16 and 19, stated the IOA. Nevertheless, the journey plan of wrestlers appears to be totally different.

In the meanwhile, 5 Indian wrestlers — Bajrang Punia (65kg), Ravi Dahiya (57kg), Deepak Punia (86kg), Vinesh Phogat (53kg) and Anshu Malik (57kg) — are coaching overseas. The lads grapplers are in Russia whereas their girls counterparts are in Estonia. Anshu, together with coach Kuldeep Malik, is scheduled to return to the nation on July 12. The opposite two certified feminine wrestlers — Seema Bisla (50kg) and Sonam Malik (62kg) — have been coaching within the nation.

Despite the fact that SAI has suggested athletes coaching overseas to journey on to Tokyo to minimise the danger of the contracting virus throughout transit, Anshu wished to fulfill her mother and father earlier than leaving for her maiden Video games.

“Anshu and Kuldeep will go away Estonia on July 11 and attain India the subsequent day. Vinesh, who’s coaching with them, will fly to Hungary on July 11. They may comply with the SOPs on reaching the nation together with importing their well being standing for every of the seven days previous to departure,” a Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) official advised this each day. “All of them will go away for Tokyo both on July 26 or 27 from their respective bases,” added the official. It was learnt that Anshu will likely be administered the second dose of Covid vaccination on reaching the nation.

The Tokyo Video games will likely be held from July 23 to August 8 with the wrestling competitions commencing on August 1.

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