Sakshi Malik gives all-credit to a three-month training camp that helped her immensely win an Olympic medal in Rio in 2016.
A few wrestlers including Tokyo-bound Vinesh requested the WFI to allow their personal staff to accompany them in the camp.
Wrestler Sakshi Malik and weightlifter Mirabai Chanu, former Khel Ratna winners both, were not considered for Arjuna this year by the sports ministry.
The 2016 Rio Games medallist had on Thursday also claimed that she got only assurances from the Haryana government, but no job or the promised plot of land.
Last week, the Justice (retd) Mukundakam Sharma-led selection committee had recommended 29 names for the Arjuna Award to the Sports Ministry.
Women wrestlers like Sakshi Malik and Pooja Dhanda have already expressed their reservations citing the prevalent situation in the wake of the pandemic.
Vinesh has been consistent in the last three years, winning Asian Games gold in Jakarta.
The deadly coronavirus has impacted the sporting calendar to a great extent, leading to either postponement or cancellation of several international events across the globe.
Malik said her focus now was on the Olympic qualifiers.
The qualifier is slated in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan from March 27 to 29. Finalists in each weight category will qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.
Except for 62kg and 76kg in women’s wrestling and 60kg in Greco-Roman, all other wrestlers have justified their selections.
Japanese wrestlers hurt India as Vinesh and Sakshi settle for bronze and silver
Vinesh had lost twice to Mukaida in 2019 - at World Championship and Asian Championships - and the trend continued as the gritty Indian yet again struggled to break the strong defence of the Japanese.
The Rio Olympic bronze medallist was humbled by two-time Cadet World Champion Sonam Malik during the trials in the 62kg category.
Double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar made a glorious return to the international arena by clinching a gold medal at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships in Johannesburg.