Wrestler Bajrang Punia out of World Championship due to knee injury
World Wrestling Championship: Wrestler Bajrang Punia, who won a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics, will not participate in the upcoming World Wrestling Championship. Bajrang has been advised six weeks of rehabilitation for his right knee injury ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. The World Championships will be held in Oslo, Norway from October 2 to 10 and Bajrang will not be able to start training until the rehabilitation program is completed.
Bajrang had recently undergone an MRI and consulted Dr. Dinshaw Pardiwala, head of the Sports Medicine Center at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai, to know the severity of the injury he suffered in Russia in June ahead of the Olympics. Bajrang told a news agency, “There is a ligament injury and Dr. Dinshaw has asked me to undergo a six-week rehabilitation programme. I will not be able to take part in the World Championships.
There is no more ranking competition for the rest of the year and Bajrang said that his season is over. He said, “This year the world championship is the only major event left in the calendar. I don’t see myself participating in any other tournament this year.” Bajrang suffered an injury while playing in the Ali Aliyev tournament in Russia in June before the Tokyo Games. Bajrang withdrew from the semi-final match against Abdulmajid Kudiyev in that tournament when the opponent grabbed his right leg and pulled him in the first period of the match.
Bajrang’s right knee was affected due to the leg drag and he immediately withdrew from the match, staggering. However, she participated in the Olympics and won a bronze medal in the 65kg category. Bajrang said, “It was my first Olympics and I dreamed of winning an Olympic medal, in Tokyo I played despite the pain. I had to do that.” Bajrang said that he wants to continue training with his Georgia coach Shako Bentinidis. Bentinidis has returned home as the Wrestling Federation of India has not given him a new contract yet.
The wrestling federation will meet all the wrestlers to know their side before taking a decision on awarding new contracts to foreign coaches. Bajrang used to train under Bentinidis while Olympic silver medalist Ravi Dahiya’s personal coach was Russia’s Kamal Malikov.
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