On Wednesday, the IOA ad-hoc committee decided to hold much-awaited wrestling trials for the Asian Games on July 22 and 23. However, the committee has not yet made decisions regarding the requirements or the granting of exemptions to any of the six wrestlers who are protesting.
After IOA’s request, seeking an extension beyond July 22 was shot down by the OCA, the ad-hoc panel met in New Delhi and decided that men’s Greco Roman and Women’s trials will be held on July 22 and selection to pick the freestyle team will be done the next day.
The ad hoc committee must conduct Asian Games wrestling trials in 18 Olympic weight categories, six in each of three styles (Greco-Roman and freestyle for men, and freestyle for women).
The ad-hoc panel head Bhupender Singh Bajwa said,
“We have decided to conduct trials on July 22 and 23 at the Kedar Jadhav hall in IG Stadium. First, we will invite the Greco-Roman and women’s wrestlers and then the men’s freestyle wrestlers. We want our interested U-20 wrestlers to compete in the Asian Games trials. They will return to India on July 21 and hence we want to give them a chance to make a case for themselves”
“I will share the criteria with you all tomorrow. We are still undecided on that,”
The U-15 and U-20 teams from India are in Amman, the capital of Jordan, to compete in the Asian Championship. Six wrestlers had put forth their request to the IOA for an extension of time until August 10 to prepare for the trials. They claimed that their months-long protest against WFI president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh had left them in a weak physical and mental state.
Bajrang, Jitender, and Sangeeta are in Bishkek for training while Vinesh is in Budapest to compete in the final UWW Ranking Series tournament of the season. While Sakshi and her spouse Kadiyan are in the US for training.
The commission had previously suggested inviting the six wrestlers to compete against the champions of the initial wrestling trials in two phases, to secure their spot at the Asian Games. The judgment, nevertheless, has drawn criticism from all sides, with many calling it “biased” and “unfair.” The ad hoc panel will get together once more on Friday to deliberate on the ultimate standards.