Unavailability of tickets may spoil Bajrang Punia ’s plan

However, unavailability of tickets mean their plan for acclimatisation prior to the event might not succeed.

Published: 13th April 2022 09:09 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th April 2022 09:09 AM   |  A+A-

Wrestler Bajrang Punia. ( File Photo)

Wrestler Bajrang Punia. ( File Photo)

Express News Service

CHENNAI:  Given his long absence from international competitions — Tokyo Olympics was his last event outside India — ace Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia (65kg) wants to reach Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia a few days in advance for the Asian Championships starting April 19. Ravi Dahiya (57kg) and Deepak Punia (86kg) also plan to do the same. 

However, unavailability of tickets means their plan for acclimatisation prior to the event might not succeed. The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) though is making efforts to make sure the trio board the flight along with the Greco-Roman wrestlers to reach the venue on April 17.

The unavailability of tickets has made the federation to include only five Greco-Roman wrestlers along with three referees and a coach in the first batch scheduled to leave on April 16. The remaining five GR wrestlers along with women grapplers will fly out of the country two days later. The event will begin with competitions in GR followed by women and freestyle wrestling bouts.

“The freestyle team including the trio is scheduled to leave on April 20. But Bajrang wants to reach the venue early. We are still working on other options and if we manage to find a solution, the trio can leave on April 16,” a WFI source told this daily. Ravi won the gold while Bajrang and Deepak finished with a silver each in the last edition. 

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