The coaches and wrestlers a part of the continued males’s nationwide camp on the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre in Sonepat have been stunned by the information. TimesofIndia.com just lately visited the camp that is on to organize for the Asian Championships in Mongolia.
“I wasn’t conscious of this,” mentioned Ravi Dahiya, silver medallist (57kg) from the Tokyo Olympics held in 2021, speaking to Timesofindia.com
(Ravi Dahiya – Photograph: Occasions Web)
“Wrestling is an historical sport. It has been there because the first Olympics (1896). All of us ought to elevate our voice towards this transfer. UWW (United World Wrestling) ought to step in,” added Dahiya, who’s a product of the ‘akhara’ at Delhi’s Chhatrasal Stadium.
Whereas the host CWG nation can determine the sports activities it desires to roster (moreover the necessary sports activities – athletics and swimming), wrestling was on the Olympics chopping block as nicely for Tokyo 2020.
However six months after wrestling was voted as one of many sports activities that might be axed from the 2020 Olympics (finally held in 2021), it was introduced again, defeating bids from baseball, softball and squash.
The wrestlers hope historical past is repeated.
“It is a flawed choice. Wrestling is a well-liked sport and may stay (within the CWG 2026 roster),” mentioned coach Sujeet Maan, who has been working particularly with Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Bajrang Punia within the camp right here.
“I wasn’t conscious of this information. If that is true, then I’d say it is unhealthy and shameful. I believe after athletics, wrestling is the game performed by most nations. It might be as a result of Australia is just not that good in wrestling that they wish to hold it out,” Maan, a former India wrestler himself, informed TimesofIndia.com.
(Photograph: SAI Sonepat)
India was the very best performing nation so far as wrestling on the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Video games was involved.
India received a complete of 12 medals in wrestling, together with 5 gold — received by Bajrang, Rahul Conscious, Sushil Kumar and Sumit Malik within the males’s disciplines and Vinesh Phogat among the many ladies in that version.
In addition to the 5 gold medals, India had received three silver medals and 4 bronze as nicely.
“It is painful information for us. Wrestling is an Olympic sport; we’re successful medals in it,” Deepak Punia, who narrowly missed the bronze in 86kg class on the Tokyo Olympics final 12 months, informed TimesofIndia.com on the camp in Sonepat.
However will the wrestling fraternity in India ask the IOA to boycott the 2026 CWG altogether if the hosts and the CWG Federation do not convey wrestling again later?
“That call is just not in our palms. No matter our federation, WFI, decides, we can be with them,” mentioned Dahiya.