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Non-Protesting Wrestlers Demand Reopening of SAI Centers for Proper Training

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Several wrestlers who are not part of the ongoing protest have demanded the reopening of  Sports Authority of India (SAI) centers for training. They believe that the closure of the national camp and the ongoing controversy surrounding the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh have negatively affected their preparation for the upcoming Asian Games.

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The men’s national camp for free style and Greco-Roman wrestlers is usually held at SAI’s center in Bahalgarh (Sonepat), while the women’s camp takes place in Lucknow. However, some of the country’s top wrestlers, including Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat, have accused the WFI chief of sexual harassment and resumed their protest at Jantar Mantar on April 23.

Sandeep Deshwal, a wrestler in the Greco-Roman style in the 82kg category, has also spoken out about the struggle he has faced since the national camp shut down. The camp was closed on April 8, a day before the Asian Championship in Astana, Kazakhstan, and has not yet reopened.

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Over 300 wrestlers across ten weight categories, including senior, junior, cadet, and U15, usually train at the SAI center in Sonepat, with over 100 women wrestlers accommodated at the Lucknow center.

The non-protesting wrestlers believe that the reopening of the SAI centers is necessary to allow them to train and prepare effectively for the upcoming Asian Games. The controversy surrounding the WFI chief has impacted their preparation, and they require the centers to be reopened to ensure their future success in competitions.

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