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Wrestling Federation of India suspends coach Kripa Shankar Patel

In a post on social media (September 12), Kripa Shankar Patel expressed his disappointment that the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) is only partially endorsing the tweaks made in wrestling rules by the international body (United World Wrestling).

other sports Updated: Sep 28, 2017 18:32 IST
Kripa Shankar Patel, suspended by the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), is  a former Commonwealth champion and an Arjuna Award winner, and had worked for a long period with the Indian women wrestlers.
Kripa Shankar Patel, suspended by the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), is a former Commonwealth champion and an Arjuna Award winner, and had worked for a long period with the Indian women wrestlers.(Facebook)

The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has suspended its coach Kripa Shanker Patel, an Arjuna awardee, for an “objectionable” social media post.

The WFI has also decided to refer the matter to its disciplinary committee.

Kripa Shankar Patel (40) will remain suspended till the disciplinary committee takes the final call on the write-up, WFI Assistant Secretary Vinod Tomar said.

In the September 12 post, Patel expressed his disappointment that the WFI is only partially endorsing the tweaks made in wrestling rules by the international body (United World Wrestling) governing it.

“Do you know that in Gujarat’s Kutch there was an animal mule - the offspring of a donkey and a horse. Yes, WFI has endorsed the tweaked rules in this manner,” his post read.

On the WFI’s decision, Patel said, “What I said in the post was in the interest of Indian wrestling. If the WFI’s disciplinary committee calls me, I will put forth my side.”

WFI president Brijbhushan Sharan Singh on September 13 slapped a notice on Patel asking why he should not be banned for six years for the post, to which Patel had issued a reply.

“We have got Patel’s reply but this matter has been referred to disciplinary committee headed by the WFI senior vice president ID Nanavati,” Tomar said.

Patel’s post said the WFI has decided to hold the upcoming National Senior Wrestling Competition from November 15 to 18 in Indore.

The competition is being held by incorporating only ten new weight categories according to United World Wrestling’s new modified rules. The whole set of rules won’t be endorsed in this event, the post read.