WFI postpones national wrestling championship to January

The national championship was originally scheduled to begin on December 18 and end on December 20.

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The Wrestling National Championship scheduled to be held in December has been postponed to January of next year due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) announced today. This would also mean that in 2021, two national wrestling championships will be held.

Originally, the championship was scheduled to be held in Uttar Pradesh from December 18-20 but the WFI announced that the venue is subject to change. In a statement through WFI Assistant Secretary Vinod Tomar, the WFI also announced that the Indian team will travel to Belgrade in Serbia for the World Cup which will begin on December 12.

‘Situation is far from ideal’ – WFI

Vinod Tomar talked to PTI today about the decision to postponed the national championship. “The situation is far from ideal. It is not possible to conduct Nationals. We will try to host the championships towards the end of January next year. We have done that in the past too when circumstances dictated such a step,” Tomar said.

“We decided against hosting the trials and are sending the same wrestlers who competed in the Asian Championship in New Delhi in February. Bajrang Punia (65kg), Vinesh Phogat (53kg), Jitender Kumar (74kg) and Sombir Rathi (92kg) have asked for exemption and we have granted it,” he added.

“While Bajrang, Vinesh and Sombir’s categories will go unrepresented, Nar Singh Yadav will compete for India in the 74kg,” he signed off.

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