Asiad selection trials may be extended to accommodate protesting wrestlers
The Worlds is scheduled in Belgrade, Serbia from September 16 to 24 while the wrestling competitions in Asiad will be held between October 4 to 7 in Hangzhou, China.
CHENNAI: Trials to select the national wrestling team for the upcoming Asian Games may be extended to accommodate protesting grapplers including 2020 Tokyo Olympic bronze medallist Bajrang Punia. Coach Gian Singh, who on Thursday was included in the ad-hoc committee formed by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to run the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), hinted at the possibility soon after being named.
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has asked all the national sports federations to submit their Asiad entries latest by June 30. It, in turn, will have to send entries to the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) by July 15. "Bajrang had told me in the past that he wanted to appear for the Asian Games trials. I cannot talk about Vinesh (Phogat) and Sakshi (Malik) as they didn't speak with me in this regard. Bajrang did express his interest," Singh told this daily. Apart from Singh, another wrestling coach Ashok Garg has also been included in the panel.