Mat Training Begins For The Wrestlers As They Enter Their Third Week Of The Sit-in

Mat training has started For all of the protesting wrestlers after a gap of 15 days as the sit-in there has entered its third week.   Bajrang Punia is also the bronze medalist in Tokyo Olympics and a two-time World Championship bronze medalist  Vinesh Phogat and Sakshi Malik, a Rio Games bronze medalist, are among some of the wrestlers who went to Railways Karnail Singh stadium in the morning.  

There they had their one-hour-long mat session, supervised by Sujit Mam, a Dronacharya Awardee and the personal coach of Bajrang Punia. Bajrang Punia started training with his regular partner Jitendra while Vinesh met with his cousin Sangeeta and later on with Malik.

The coach stated that this session was light, but they will continue to train in the morning in the know of the things. He also stated that, ideally, this should be practiced twice daily. 

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Still, as the evening sessions are out of the question, they are under a lot of mental and physical stress due to the protest that has been going on, and the wrestlers’ diet has also taken a big hit on their health. They are trying to do the best they can from their side. 

The wrestlers contesting the situation have consistently stated their wish to compete in the games. The trial for this year’s Asian Games is anticipated to take place in the middle of the following month.

Phogat stated that are training this time has taken hit honors for sure. This is also pudding careers on our line, but we are ready for this just so that this major sacrifice will help us to achieve success, and only then we have no problem with this struggle.

A two-time Olympian by the age of 28 also stated that all of the wrestlers are finalizing a workable training plan that can also be executed alongside their sit-in. In the first week of the protest, the wrestlers did some training on the Jantar Mantar road, and somebody exercised as they requested to bring training mats to the protest, but the Delhi Police denied it.

Moving the senior national camps for men and women to the capital’s Indira Gandhi Stadium is another topic of discussion at the moment. This major suggestion came up during the meeting of Marathon IOA, where the ad-hoc panel was formed to run the WFI Wrestling Federation of India and was also there to represent.

The proposal generated from the side of IOA will be sent to SAI this week, and the final call from their side is expected to buy early as next week. The ad-hoc panel is eager to hold the WFI elections by June 15 as well as the trials for the Asian Games later this month.

Until now, the wrestlers intend to refrain from taking any legal recourse. The supreme court advises them to approach the lower courts first. The wrestlers are also still in consultation with their 31-member committee, which comprises mostly the representative of the farmer organizations and Khap leaders.