The United World Wrestling (UWW) has asked all national federations under it to stop communication with the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI). This is in the wake of visa denial of Pakistani shooters in the recent shooting World Cup held in February.
India denied visas of three member Pakistani contingent in the recent shooting World Cup in February in the wake of Pulwama attack. As a result, no Olympic quotas were awarded in the 25 m rapid pistol. The Asian Confederation of Billiards Sport (ACBS) decided to postpone their events in the country. The International Olympic Committee had also commented that the refusal of visas went against the principles of Olympic charter.
The UWW sent a letter to all national federations writing about India’s unacceptable behaviour that goes against the major Olympic principle of non-discrimination against any athlete.
United World Wrestling (UWW) has asked all national federations under it to stop communication with the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) in the wake of visa denial of Pakistani shooters in the World Cup. pic.twitter.com/lC5x0TzJlX
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The letter said, “UWW recommends to all the affiliated and associated national wrestling federations to suspended their discussions or relations with the Indian wrestling federation.”
Brij Bhushan Saran Singh, the president of WFI said that he hasn’t seen the letter yet and would comment only after reading it.
To entertain India only after written guarantees
UWW, like the International Olympic Committee, has decided to entertain India only after the “clear written guarantees” to ensure access for all athletes or else India will risk losing out on hosting international events.
India was supposed to host the Junior Asian Championships that was offered by UWW-Asia. Previously, the tournament was to be hosted in Lebanon from July 9-14.
According to Wrestling Federation of India, Lebanon could not host the event, therefore, the opportunity fell in the hands of India. With the recent restrictions on India by the IOC and UWW, the country may not host the event now.
With the strict orders issued by the UWW, India’s probabilities of hosting any international events in the coming future seem to decline. Also, India’s wrestlers’ and referees’ participation in the upcoming UWW tournaments is also in doubt as of now.
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