December 2, 2022


The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) fears that the SAI’s “chilly response” to holding long-duration nationwide camps could peg the game again and depriving coaches Sujeet Mann and Jagroop Rathi of the Dronacharya honour, regardless of the awards committee’s advice, is the humiliation of highest order.

The nationwide federation says it had requested the Sports activities Authority of India to host nationwide camps for women and men earlier than the senior World Championship in Oslo and likewise earlier than the Beneath-23 Worlds in Belgrade, however their request for one-month camps was not thought of.

“We’re getting an impression that SAI shouldn’t be now in internet hosting nationwide camps for the required time durations. They’re asking why camps are required all year long. If that turns into the case, it will damage the game badly,” WFI secretary common VN Prasood advised PTI. “They allowed solely a 10-day camp earlier than the Oslo Championship and after initially displaying reluctance for a camp forward of the U23 occasion in Belgrade, one week earlier than the match they requested about it once more. Now, what do you do in a single week,” he added.

WFI sources stated the SAI desires to concentrate on selling the Khelo India camps solely and that is why the “snub”.

“Not too long ago, Rs 50 lakh tools was purchased for the wrestling nationwide camps. When are you going to utilise them if the gamers won’t be at camps however practice at their very own akharas,” stated one official, who didn’t want to be named. “Most likely SAI desires that wrestlers needs to be there at camps organised at Khelo India Centres. However I’m telling you nobody goes to go there. And coaching at akharas, individually, can also be not a superb possibility for the long run. Now we have higher coaches at nationwide camps.”

One other official stated that long-duration camps had been launched in 2010 to arrange for the Commonwealth Video games and when outcomes began to observe, it turned a norm. “Everyone can see the outcomes since 2010. Indian wrestling has solely gone up within the final decade. Nationwide camps are required all year long and if the length is lowered, it would damage the sport. There’s a risk that WFI could take into account internet hosting the nationwide camps by itself if SAI continues with the pattern.” SAI Director Common Sandeep Pradhan couldn’t be reached for remark since he’s unwell.

SAI had additionally not too long ago refused to bear the price of six out of 30 wrestlers taking part within the U-23 Worlds, leaving the WFI to foot the bills.

Dropping Wrestlers from Awards Checklist

Senior India coaches Sujeet Maan and 70-year-old Jagroop Rathi had been really helpful by the Sports activities Awards Committee for the Dronacharya honour however the sports activities ministry dropped the names whereas finalizing the record.

“This has occurred for the primary time that names have been dropped after advice by the committee. That is the humiliation of the best order. It has by no means occurred. It appears wrestling is being singled out for discrimination,” stated Prasood.

Maan, 42, has been on the nationwide camps and travelled with the Indian groups for the final decade whereas Rathi too is a revered title within the fraternity. He had travelled with the workforce as a coach in the course of the 1980 and 1984 Olympic Video games and had skilled the likes of Kripa Shankar and Satyawan.

“We weren’t even knowledgeable that our names are being dropped. Individuals started congratulating us after the names had been really helpful. Nonetheless, individuals are calling us however what do we are saying. It’s so embarrassing,” stated Maan, who was with the U-23 workforce to Belgrade for the Worlds. It has been learnt that Rathi has moved the Delhi Excessive Court docket in opposition to the choice.

Main Coverage Change for Olympic Choice

The WFI is ready to debate a significant coverage change, the place the quota winners for the Olympics will likely be requested to look in trials earlier than the Video games. Until not too long ago the quota winners’ locations weren’t touched, however it’s anticipated to alter now. The WFI feels it might preserve “everybody on toes”.



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