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Surprise Exit: Bajrang & Deepak Punia to Miss World Wrestling Championships

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Wrestlers Bajrang Punia and Deepak Punia will miss the upcoming World Wrestling Championships 2023 to take place in Belgrade. This tournament holds significance as it serves as a qualifying event for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

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Bajrang Punia, a renowned wrestler in the 65kg weight category, who boasts an impressive record of winning four World Championships medals, had prominently led the wrestlers’ protest against the outgoing Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.

It’s worth noting that Bajrang Punia has recently been granted a direct entry into the Asian Games. On the other hand, Deepak, the gold medalist in the 86kg category at the Commonwealth Games, has also chosen to withdraw from the World Wrestling Championships 2023.

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As per the reports, both grapplers have put forth requests to undergo overseas training. They have pointed out that the timetable of the selection trials for the World Championships coincides with their international training sessions.

The selection events for the global competition will be held at NIS Patiala on August 25-26. The responsibility for overseeing these trials lies with the temporary committee appointed by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), which is currently responsible for managing the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI).

The international tournament is planned to occur from September 16 to 24. Nevertheless, both the Sports Authority of India and the Mission Olympic Cell have expressed dissatisfaction with the proposed schedule, and they have requested an explanation from the concerned parties regarding their decision to not participate in the World Championships.

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