“Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat, Renowned Wrestlers, Excused from Asian Games Selection Trials”

Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat : World Championship qualifying rounds Jiyan Singh, the technical expert panel’s coach, announced that more trials for the World Championship’s Olympic qualification tournament would take place in August.
All wrestlers, including Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat, must compete in the World Championship trials, which are slated to take place from August 5 to August 10. There are no exceptions. The Hockey Marketing Committee will make full disclosures regarding the trials.

The wrestlers who will represent each of the six Olympic weight categories in the 2024 Games will be chosen at the World Championship, which will take place in Belgrade, Serbia, from September 16 to September 24.

Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat Directly in to Asian Games

The IOA selection committee has decided to accept Vinesh Phogat and Bajrang Punia, who have won medals at the World Championship and the Olympics, directly into the Asian Games.
This selection, which was made without the input of the national coaches, is expected to be contested by other wrestlers and their coaches.
According to a letter from the IOA selection panel, the men’s freestyle 65 kg and women’s 53 kg weight categories have already been decided, but trials will be held for all six weight categories in wrestling’s three styles.
Bajrang and Vinesh were not particularly mentioned in the letter, but panelist Ashok Garg told PTI that they had both been spared from the trials.
Yes, Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat have been excluded from the trials, according to Garg.
Despite their strong performances in the 65 kg and 53 kg weight classes, neither wrestler has competed in any international events this year due to resistance from WFI President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.
Meanwhile, in the same categories, Sujit Kumar and Antim Paghwal have displayed remarkable results.
Sujit won a silver medal at the Senior Asian Championship this year after being the first U20 World Champion of India last year. He won bronze in the U.20 World Championship and is presently the U.23 and U.20 Asian Champion. having also won bronze in the U20 World Championship.
The four more opponents—Sakshi Malik, her husband Satyawart Kadian, Jitender Kinha, and Sangeeta Phogat, the wife of Bajrang—were not supported by the panel.
The Asian Games, which will start on September 23 in Hangzhou, China, were chosen by the IOA’s ad hoc committee barely four days before the trials.

Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat

On July 22, the IG Stadium in Delhi will host the Greco-Roman (60 kg, 67 kg, 77 kg, 87 kg, 97 kg, 130 kg) and women’s (50 kg, 53 kg, 57 kg, 62 kg, 68 kg, 76 kg) trials. On July 23, the men’s freestyle (57 kg, 65 kg, 74 kg, 86 kg, 97 kg, 125 kg) trials will be held.
Currently undergoing training in Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan, is Bajrang, one of the six wrestlers who protested at Jantar Mantar calling for Brij Bhushan’s arrest. In Budapest, Hungary, Vinesh is undergoing training after winning a gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games.

Due to an illness, Vinesh was forced to drop out in the most recent Ranking Series competition in Budapest.
Will the four wrestlers from the opposition take part in the trials?
It would be interesting to watch if Sangeeta, Kinha, Kadian, and Sakshi are able to leave the nation during the four-day trial period when the ad hoc committee establishes the standards for the trials.
Sakshi and Kadian are in the US for training while Sangeeta is in Hungary where she competed in the UWW Ranking Series tournament and won the bronze medal. Kinha is in Kyrgyzstan alongside Bajrang.
The head of the ad hoc committee, Brij Bhushan Singh Bajwa, did not return calls, but he stated in the letter that “If any unit or athlete has any complaint against the selection trial instructions, the unit and athlete can write their complaint to the ad hoc committee.”
A member of the technical expert group and World Championship Trials Coach Jiyan Singh revealed that separate trials would be held in August for the World Championship that qualifies athletes for the Olympics.
“From August 5 to August 10, there will be Worlds trials. Everyone will be required to take part in these trials, including Bajrang and Vinesh. No one will receive an exemption. The trials’ full details will be disclosed through marketing. Committee for Hockey,” Singh said.
The top four wrestlers in each of the six Olympic weight divisions will qualify for the 2024 Paris Games in the World Championship, which will take place in Belgrade, Serbia, from September 16 to 24.
(With assistance from PTI.)

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