Bajrang Punia and Deepak Punia to skip World Wrestling Championships 2023

Both the wrestlers have offered SAI preparations in Kyrgyzstan and Russia till the Hangzhou Asian Games ahead of the trials.
Wrestlers Deepak Bajrang and Punia pulled out of the World Wrestling Championships 2023. Image- The Statesman
Wrestlers Deepak Bajrang and Punia pulled out of the World Wrestling Championships 2023. Image- The Statesman

Wrestlers Bajrang and Deepak Punia will not take part in the World Wrestling Championships 2023 in Belgrade, a qualifying event for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

Wrestlers Deepak Bajrang and Punia pulled out of the Championships. Image- The Statesman

Wrestler Bajrang Punia will skip the trials for the Paris Olympics qualifying World Wrestling Championships 2023. Besides Bajrang, Deepak Punia will also miss the trials in Patiala on August 25 and 26.

Meanwhile, both the wrestlers have offered SAI preparations in Kyrgyzstan and Russia till the Hangzhou Asian Games ahead of the trials. SAI has sought an answer from both the wrestlers for not playing in the trials. The preparations of both will be approved only after satisfactory answers are received.

Bajrang had sought permission from SAI to play in the ongoing international wrestling tournament in Romania, but he did not participate. Sources reveal that on Thursday Bajrang sent a proposal for preparations from August 21 to September 28 in Issyk Kul (Kyrgyzstan) and Deepak from August 23 to September 28 in Khasavyurt (Russia). This meant that both would not play in the World Wrestling Championships 2023 trials from 25-26 August.

Sai sent the proposals of both to the subcommittee of TOPS. The sub-committee decided to approve the tour with three conditions. SAI sought fitness certificates from Bajrang and Deepak. Apart from this, they also sought answers from both of them for not playing in the trial of the World Wrestling Championships 2023. Apart from this, both have been asked to get the visa themselves.

However, the Sports Authority of India and Mission Olympic Cell are not happy with the timing of the proposals. They sought reasons from the duo for giving the World Wrestling Championships 2023 a miss.

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