In what might transform a difficult situation for Tokyo Olympics medal-winning wrestlers Ravi Dahiya and Bajrang Punia in addition to different prime wrestlers like Vinesh Phogat, Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh has warned gamers who’re related to personal, not-for-profit firms that they won’t be thought of for choice going forward.
Singh, a BJP MP from UP, additionally got here down closely on the federal government for dealing straight with athletes beneath its flagship Goal Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS). He has demanded a much bigger say within the planning for the Paris Olympics.
India has gained six medals in wrestling at 4 consecutive Olympics, beginning 2008, together with two earlier this month in Tokyo. Dahiya, who competed within the 57-kg weight class, gained a silver medal whereas Punia clinched bronze within the 65-kg class.
Nevertheless, for each these wrestlers, and several other others, the highway to Paris might get difficult after Singh mentioned he not required the providers of personal our bodies just like the Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ) and JSW Sports activities, who’ve been supporting Dahiya and Punia respectively.
Singh alleged OGQ and JSW had “spoiled three wrestlers” though he refused to call them and elaborate how.
“ We don’t want OGQ and JSW. My greatest downside is that they don’t inform me relating to the planning of an athlete and who they’re sending as a wrestler’s sparring companion for coaching stints overseas,” Singh advised The Indian Categorical.
Requested what is going to occur to the wrestlers related to these our bodies, Singh mentioned: “Bilkul nahi khelne doonga (Received’t permit them to play).” He added: “Even I’m giving Ravi Rs 1 lakh per 30 days. From what number of locations will you are taking cash? We’re prepared to offer you every little thing. In the event that they nonetheless need to be concerned, they need to share a duplicate of their settlement with the gamers and think about our views… They will help junior and cadet wrestlers who really need help.”
The OGQ helps 32 wrestlers, together with 23 who’re within the age group 13 to 19 years. The JSW, too, helps near a dozen wrestlers and nearly half of them prepare at their facility in Vijayanagar, Encourage Institute of Sport, the place the WFI carried out its junior nationwide championship this yr.
Singh mentioned the wrestlers communicated with the federal government straight by these businesses and stored the federation out of the loop relating to their planning.
“Bajrang and Vinesh (Phogat) are two very senior wrestlers. Their rating was first-class going into the Olympics. So that they thought a sure plan was higher for his or her future, they advised TOPS, who then advised us,” he mentioned. “It has by no means occurred that Vinesh approached the federation. That is my allegation towards TOPS. They’re straight overseeing points like the place the athlete ought to go for coaching.”
The Indian Categorical, nevertheless, has seen a number of emails despatched by the wrestlers to the federation’s official ID, wherein particulars of their coaching programmes have been explicitly talked about. Requested about it, Singh mentioned the WFI “by no means” acquired any such electronic mail.
In a press release, OGQ mentioned that they had a strong junior program and weren’t claiming undue credit score whereas including that Vinesh had despatched a number of emails to the federation. “To our data, a number of emails have been despatched within the final 10 months by Vinesh herself to WFI and TOPS. These emails had detailed data on the coaching plans for Tokyo, the coach and help workers and sparring companions for Vinesh,” the assertion mentioned.
“Lastly, in the identical spirit of teamwork and cooperation talked about earlier, we despatched a proposal to WFI on 24th March 2021 to work on three predominant elements — Junior and Cadet wrestlers for the long run, conserving Los Angeles 2028 Olympics in thoughts, Sports activities science and Coaches,” it acknowledged.
The JSW Sports activities declined to touch upon Singh’s remarks.
Singh additionally mentioned he wished to set an instance of Vinesh, who has been show-caused and provisionally banned for allegedly refusing to stick with the remainder of the Indian wrestlers in Tokyo and never sporting the official crew jersey for her competitors.
In her reply, Vinesh rejected the allegation that she didn’t need to share a room with the Indian crew, however accepted her mistake in sporting a unique singlet for her bout.
Singh claimed he needed to reply an Worldwide Olympic Committee panel after Vinesh didn’t put on the official crew gear though it was not a proper listening to.
“She is senior sufficient to know there’s a correct costume for each match. We have now to take a look at different wrestlers too. India’s wrestling isn’t depending on one wrestler. We have now to ensure nobody makes such errors sooner or later,” he mentioned.