December 2, 2022

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MAMALLAPURAM: Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) is peeved with the best way sure non-governmental organisations entered right into a contract with its gamers. WFI president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh has been fairly vocal in his criticism. On Tuesday, when grapplers take to the mat for choice trials for the World Championships, they should declare their sponsorship offers to the federation. If it violates or clashes with any of WFI’s main sponsorship, the physique needs the participant to nullify the contract. The WFI, if required, is prepared to compensate the gamers with the identical remuneration if no more in order that they do not endure. The WFI chief revealed this, the destiny of wrestling league and rather more throughout an interplay with this each day within the resort of Mamallapuram. Excerpts…

Wrestling has been one sport that had gained medals since 2008 in each Olympics. The rationale?
In 2008 we gained one medal. In 2012 we gained two. In 2016 we gained one. However that was due to the controversy involving Sushil (Kumar) and Narsingh Yadav. The complete workforce was affected. Wrestlers couldn’t exit and even coaching was affected. Narsingh lastly couldn’t take part and we ended up with one medal.

And this time we got here again with two medals. I’m joyful however not glad with these two medals. It was an enormous shock that Vinesh Phogat couldn’t win a medal and we have been anticipating one medal from her. And we have been anticipating one other one from both Deepak Punia or Anshu Malik. Then we might have gained 4 out of seven individuals. It was an sincere evaluation primarily based on their efficiency, coaching and rating. That is why mentioned I used to be not glad.

It was not simply an aspiration however we labored in the direction of it. Gamers, the federation, the assist employees everybody labored in the direction of it. The federal government, too, had made an immense contribution. No participant can say that we didn’t get this or that. The sports activities ministry, the Sports activities Authority of India’s Goal Olympic Podium scheme spent rather a lot on the athletes. At present the quantity of help the Indian authorities is giving not too many nations are giving. Individuals are proud of seven medals however I’m not proud of seven medals. The help we’re giving to the athletes, the popularity the nation is giving… After a lot assist from all stakeholders, we’ve got gained solely seven medals is a bit stunning. Wrestling might have contributed two extra medals and the tally would have gone as much as 9.

There are a number of causes for wrestling’s consistency at Olympics. To begin with, the credit score goes to the wrestlers and their dad and mom and guardian. Secondly, after Sushil, Yogeshwar Dutt, Sakshi’s medals, our wrestlers are extra assured. They imagine that they will carry medals at Olympics.

Another excuse was the wrestling league that we used to conduct. There have been ideas that we must always not have a robust discipline in order that Indians carry out higher, however I believed we must always name all the highest wrestlers from the world to take part. After they practice in opposition to them and noticed them carry out from shut vary, their anxiousness of going through prime wrestlers too vanished. Our wrestlers now have the idea of successful a medal on the Olympics.

Modifications made through the years…
Once I got here into the game I modified the best way referees and judges conduct bouts. We began conducting camps for referees, typically twice a yr. Regardless of conducting so many meets now, we do not get too many protests. And refereeing has develop into extra clear. Ended favouritism for states like Haryana or Uttar Pradesh. Ensured honest trial for the wrestlers regardless of from which state the gamers belong to nobody can query or equity. Due to this honest trial we’ve got Ravi (Dahiya), Deepak (Punia). Truthful trial was lacking earlier.

I attempted to enhance teaching. We introduced coaches from overseas to coach our coaches. I need to level out yet another factor; the course at NIS Patiala, we must always begin bringing coaches from overseas to coach them. Till when will we rent coaches from overseas? It ought to be in all sport.

Nobody wrestler can say she or he is dominating, there’s a lengthy queue. Anybody can problem anybody. Somebody can be making an attempt to topple Ravi or Bajrang. Not only one wrestler, however there are fairly a number of. If the Olympic or World Championships medallists need to dominate they should hold working exhausting.
The idea of assist employees too has modified since 2008 when there was hardly any physio or masseur with the workforce.

Due to Covid, we had problem in selecting assist employees however whereas coaching we be certain that all wrestlers get no matter assist they require. Wrestling is the primary federation to assist wrestlers on the idea of rating. A category participant will get Rs 30 lakh, B class will get Rs 25 lakh out of pocket allowance. Together with this, we offer them coaches, physios and masseurs. We give such allowance as much as the cadet wrestlers who win medals in worldwide competitions. No nationwide participant can say that we’ve got not been supplied with assist.

About your ACTC programme and whether or not it is binding on the athlete to take part within the tournaments you select?
Nothing is binding on gamers. We ask gamers who’s the coach he wish to practice with. Ought to we choose the coach otherwise you would? Similar with physio. If he/she is proud of a physio, we are going to carry him in and pay his wage. We do not disturb the gamers.

Sure, I’ve sure objections and that was evident throughout Vinesh’s episode throughout and after the Olympics. You need to have heard about her coaching in Hungary. I spoke in opposition to JSW and OGQ rather a lot. That is as a result of I believe they spoil our administration. Each time they see good gamers rising particularly after they win medals at World Championships, then they realise that they might be going to the Olympics. They go to them and signal papers. Our gamers signal with out figuring out what’s there on the contract.

Robust ACTC programme.
All huge championships like Worlds, Asian or Commonwealth, all the things is roofed underneath ACTC. Even rating sequence is roofed underneath ACTC. Even the employment of international coaches. Nonetheless, if a wrestler needs to compete in a match that is not underneath ACTC, we ship it to the TOPS for approval. The wrestling federation was amongst a number of that managed to ship athletes overseas for competitions. The primary workforce to go overseas was wrestling workforce to Serbia. We carried out all nationals.

What about wrestling league?
We hope to host it this yr. We’ve entered into an settlement with those that have been dealing with the wrestling league and I’ve taken that product from them. I additionally felt the wrestling league might have been hosted higher. There have been some issues. We reached a settlement and now we’ve got the league with us.

We’re in talks with fairly a number of folks. If we do not discover anybody, then the federation will host it. We’re maintaining a tally of the pandemic and the second we predict we will host, we are going to do it. We profit rather a lot from the league, so we need to host the league. Our next-gen wrestlers will profit.

Elaborate in your grassroots programmes.
The wrestlers resolve the place they need to play. What we do is we host one cadet, U-15, then junior and U-23 earlier than seniors. So we’ve got 5 classes of tournaments. We’ve a workforce that retains an in depth watch on these wrestlers. We’ve fashioned a committee and begin scouting from U-15. After they go for Asian championships and are available again with a medal, we begin figuring out and supporting them. We begin from U-15.

I need to request NGOs like OGQ and JSW that you just assist the children too. You solely assist the highest athletes. And on prime of that, you do not inform the federation what you might be offering. And you do not present settlement.

Will the federation be a part of the settlement now on?
Why not? We should always know what sort of settlement they’re coming into with the wrestlers. It ought to be a tripartite settlement — NGOs, federation and the participant. Take for instance, our main sponsor is TATA. Now Uttar Pradesh authorities has adopted wrestling. We should always know that the gamers’ sponsor settlement shouldn’t conflict with TATA or the UP govt. I’ve no downside if the wrestlers are getting cash. However it shouldn’t conflict with our main sponsors. We’ve to think about their curiosity first. I need to reiterate that due to these NGOs, wrestling has suffered and we might have gained 4 medals.

Sponsorship in wrestling.
We do not have to depend on anyone. We’ve Uttar Pradesh authorities, TATA and sports activities ministry’s schemes like TOPS. We do not need anyone. If somebody wants a coach, TATA is able to sponsor. Even for physio, we do not want any assist from NGOs. Allow them to consider different sports activities.

Are you going to launch any directive to wrestlers on signing agreements?
We’re internet hosting World Championships trials on August 31. We’ve requested all wrestlers to declare if they’ve entered into any sort of sponsorship settlement with anybody. And hand over a replica to us. They should declare with whom they’ve an settlement and what variety. The sponsors shouldn’t conflict with ours. If there may be any conflict, then the federation would request the participant to cancel it. We are going to guarantee he would not get affected. If somebody is giving them say Rs 1 lakh, we are going to give him/her Rs 1.25 lakh or extra. I’m not joking.

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