The coronavirus outbreak situation is worsening with each passing day and in the entire world already, reportedly a lot of lives have been lost. Much like the rest of the events, the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has cancelled the upcoming Under-15 national championship. This decision comes after the world governing body, the United World Wrestling (UWW) directed all the members to suspend all the domestic as well as international events planned until June 30.
It was also announced by the UWW that the remainder of the Tokyo Olympic Games qualifying tournaments shall be held in 2021 during the same period as they were in 2020, but there could be some adjustments with respect to the exact dates. Actually, there are two qualification events in wrestling- Asian and World in order to secure the remaining Olympic quotas. In Bajrang Punia (65kg), Ravi Dahiya (57kg), Deepak Punia (86kg) and Vinesh Phogat (women’s 53kg), India has booked quotas in four categories.
“The same organizers as originally planned will stage remaining qualifiers,” UWW said after a meeting of its Executive Board.
“All UWW Championships planned until 30th June 2020 are postponed to a later date to be decided in consultation with the concerned organizers. All international tournaments planned until 30th June 2020 are cancelled,” it added.
The Assistant Secretary of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) Vinod Tomar revealed that they were yet to decide the venue for the Under-15 nationals event before it getting cancelled altogether. Tomar also mentioned that there is still no threat to the senior national championship scheduled to be held in Gonda, UP in December later this year.
“We had not yet decided the venue for U-15 nationals but now it stands cancelled after UWW asked all federations to cancel nationals. There is still time for U-23 nationals in September and the senior nationals, we can decide on that as per the situation,” Tomar said.
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