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Uncertainty ends for wrestlers, set to participate in World Qualifiers

  • India's wrestling contingent is finally set to travel to Sofia via Paris to participate in the World Olympic Qualifiers – the last qualifying tournament for Tokyo Olympics
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File photo of wrestling.(File)
Published on Apr 29, 2021 10:48 PM IST
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WFI challenges recognition granted to ISWAI as an NSF

The Sports Ministry last month recognised ISWAI as a national federation for running the affairs of mud wrestling, the traditional style of the sport (Dangal).
File photo of wrestling.(HT Photo)
File photo of wrestling.(HT Photo)
Published on Apr 12, 2021 03:04 PM IST
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PTI | , New Delhi

National wrestling championships pushed to January last week

WFI Assistant Secretary Vinod Tomar said that the prevailing conditions have forced them to push the Nationals by at least a month.
Divya KAKRAN (IND) df. Naruha MATSUYUKI (JPN)(Kadir Caliskan)
Divya KAKRAN (IND) df. Naruha MATSUYUKI (JPN)(Kadir Caliskan)
Updated on Nov 28, 2020 05:16 PM IST
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New Delhi | By Press Trust of India

No more breaks for wrestlers as WFI gets serious

With the inclusion of 14 more wrestlers, the strength of the campers is likely to go up to 30. They will be accompanied by personal trainers, mentors and conditioning coaches.
Representational image.(Wrestling India)
Representational image.(Wrestling India)
Updated on Nov 18, 2020 08:03 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Sharad Deep

Deepak Punia, two other wrestlers test positive for COVID-19

Besides the Olympic-bound Punia (86kg), the other two wrestlers who have tested positive for the virus are Navin (65kg) and Krishan (125kg).
File image of Deepak Punia.(File)
File image of Deepak Punia.(File)
Updated on Sep 03, 2020 07:26 PM IST
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New Delhi | By Press Trust of India

Vinesh Phogat pulls out of national camp citing health risk, irks WFI

The rescheduled national camp for Olympic weight category wrestlers is set to begin from September 1 in Lucknow (women) and Sonepat (men).
File image of Vinesh Phogat.(File)
File image of Vinesh Phogat.(File)
Updated on Aug 18, 2020 12:24 PM IST
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New Delhi | By Press Trust of India

India has burned me pretty deeply: Wrestling coach Andrew Cook on sacking

The American had joined the national camp in early 2019 but fell out with the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) after he left for Seattle due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
File image of Andrew Cook.(Hindustan Times Photo)
File image of Andrew Cook.(Hindustan Times Photo)
Updated on Jul 05, 2020 02:25 PM IST
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New Delhi | By Press Trust of India

Sacked by India for not talking about US selection methods, says wrestling coach Andrew Cook

The American says salary was never an issue and he has been unfairly terminated despite showing results very fast.
Indian women’s wrestling team coach Andrew Cook of USA poses for HT on his bike at the SAi Centre in Lucknow.(File Photo/HT)
Indian women’s wrestling team coach Andrew Cook of USA poses for HT on his bike at the SAi Centre in Lucknow.(File Photo/HT)
Updated on Jun 26, 2020 08:45 PM IST
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Lucknow | By Sharad Deep

Coach fired for refusing online classes

Cook’s refusal to coordinate with SAI’s online classes on the grounds that his dues weren’t cleared since March expedited the matter.
Women wrestler practice at Sonipat(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
Women wrestler practice at Sonipat(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 26, 2020 10:17 AM IST
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New Delhi | By Navneet Singh

WFI set to fire foreign coach Andrew Cook

According to WFI, Cook was recently contacted by Sports Authority of India (SAI) officials for attending sessions such as E-Pathshala, but the American allegedly told them that unless he receives his pending salary, he won’t attend them.
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Representational image.(File)
Updated on Jun 25, 2020 03:15 PM IST
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New Delhi | By Press Trust of India

Vinesh Phogat to be recommended for Khel Ratna by WFI

Vinesh was recommended for the prestigious sporting honour last year as well, alongside Bajrang Punia, but the latter ended up winning the award alongwith 2016 Paralympics silver medallist Deepa Malik.
Vinesh Phogat of India reacts as she won the bronze match of the women's 53kg category against Maria Prevolaraki of Greece during the Wrestling World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019.(AP)
Vinesh Phogat of India reacts as she won the bronze match of the women's 53kg category against Maria Prevolaraki of Greece during the Wrestling World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019.(AP)
Updated on May 31, 2020 07:28 PM IST
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New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service | Posted by Aritra Mukherjee

India’s foreign wrestling coaches await salaries amid lockdown

Diminutive Kazarshvili, the 1982 World Champion, who coaches India’s Greco Roman wrestlers, also left for Georgia soon after the men’s camp in Sonepat was halted.
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Representational image.(File)
Updated on Apr 29, 2020 03:31 PM IST
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New Delhi | By Press Trust of India

Coronavirus sees indefinite postponement of Asian Olympic Wrestling qualifier

The qualifiers had originally been intended to be held in X’ian, China on the same dates before being shifted to Bishkek due to the outbreak of the deadly virus in the country.
File photo of wrestling.(File)
File photo of wrestling.(File)
Updated on Feb 28, 2020 05:11 PM IST
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New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service

Government has assured entry to Chinese wrestlers for Asian Championship: WFI

The Indian government has suspended the e-visa facility for the Chinese travellers, fearing the spread of the virus which has claimed 490 lives so far.
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Representational Image.(HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 05, 2020 05:28 PM IST
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New Delhi | By Press Trust of India

Phogat, Sakshi star attraction in Senior National C’ships

Rio Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi Malik has confirmed her participation in the domestic competition, said Vinod Tomar, assistant secretary of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI).
Vinesh Phogat of India reacts as she won the bronze match of the women's 53kg category.(AP)
Vinesh Phogat of India reacts as she won the bronze match of the women's 53kg category.(AP)
Updated on Nov 28, 2019 11:27 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent

Fake certificates flood wrestling body

Recently, the WFI received five certificates from the Bihar Regimental Centre (BRC), Danapur Cantonment, for verification and three of them turned out fake.
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Representational Image.(Twitter)
Updated on Nov 06, 2019 11:38 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Navneet Singh

Shako Bentinidis to continue as Bajrang Punia’s coach until 2020 Olympics

Shako Bentinidis’ status as Bajrang Punia’s coach seemed to be on shaky grounds after the Wrestling World Championships that was held in Nur-Sultan in September.
Shako Bentinidis (R) with Bajrang Punia.(Twitter)
Shako Bentinidis (R) with Bajrang Punia.(Twitter)
Updated on Oct 23, 2019 08:24 PM IST
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New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service

Bajrang Punia dismisses report of sacking personal coach

It has been reported that Bajrang, the only Indian to win three World Championship medals, has parted ways with Bentinidis but the Indian wrestler denied it.
Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia(AP)
Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia(AP)
Updated on Oct 18, 2019 04:17 PM IST
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New Delhi | By Press Trust of India

WFI seeks new coach for Bajrang Punia months before Tokyo Olympics

A Russian and a Cuban coach are in the pipeline to train India’s top Olympic contender. Currently, Punia is training with Cuban coach Wilfredo Garcia Quintana at the national camp in Sonepat on a trial basis.
A file photo of Bajrang Punia.(AP)
A file photo of Bajrang Punia.(AP)
Updated on Oct 17, 2019 11:26 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent

Women wrestlers complain of coaches missing national camp

The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) had barred 25 girls from attending national camps that included seven who were not allowed to take part in the trials for the World Championships on August 19.
Representational image.(Sports Illustrated via Getty Ima)
Representational image.(Sports Illustrated via Getty Ima)
Updated on Aug 23, 2019 01:28 AM IST
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Lucknow | By Sharad Deep

Sakshi Malik allowed to rejoin WFI camp after replying to show cause notice

WFI officials said Sakshi, in her reply, wrote that she had gone home for Raksha Bandhan festival.
File image of Sakshi Malik.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
File image of Sakshi Malik.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 19, 2019 11:00 PM IST
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New Delhi | By PTI

Sakshi Malik issued show cause notice by WFI for indiscipline

25 out of of the 45 women grapplers, who train at the SAI centre in Lucknow, reported absent from the national camp without taking permission from the National Federation.
A file photo of Indian wrestler Sakshi Malik.(Hindustan Times)
A file photo of Indian wrestler Sakshi Malik.(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Aug 19, 2019 05:40 PM IST
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New Delhi | By Press Trust of India

Sakshi Malik among 25 wrestlers barred from WFI camp

In a tough posture, the WFI also barred wrestlers who were scheduled to take part in the trials for the World Championships in the non-Olympic categories.
File image of Sakshi Malik.(Getty Images)
File image of Sakshi Malik.(Getty Images)
Updated on Aug 17, 2019 11:52 PM IST
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Lucknow/Delhi | By Sharad Deep & Avishek Roy

Bajrang Punia to get Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award

Current number one wrestler Punia stamped his authority in the Asian circuit after he won the Asian Wrestling Championships in Xi’an, China.
File photo of Bajrang Punia.(PTI)
File photo of Bajrang Punia.(PTI)
Updated on Aug 16, 2019 02:50 PM IST
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New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service

Sushil Kumar’s World Championships trials on August 20

The trials for the 74 kg was held back as the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) gave time to Sushil’s competitors to recover from injuries.
Sushil Kumar after losing the qualification round in the men's freestyle wrestling (74kg) at the Asian Games 2018.(PTI)
Sushil Kumar after losing the qualification round in the men's freestyle wrestling (74kg) at the Asian Games 2018.(PTI)
Updated on Aug 15, 2019 03:38 AM IST
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New Delhi | By HT Correspondent

Sushil Kumar suffers crushing defeat on return, loses bout in just 90 seconds

Leg attack by the reigning World Championship bronze medallist had Sushil flummoxed and soon the Uzbek pinned Sushil to end the bout in just 90 seconds.
Sushil Kumar after losing the qualification round in the men's freestyle wrestling (74kg) at the Asian Games 2018.(PTI)
Sushil Kumar after losing the qualification round in the men's freestyle wrestling (74kg) at the Asian Games 2018.(PTI)
Updated on Aug 09, 2019 10:08 PM IST
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New Delhi | By Press Trust of India

Sushil Kumar confirms Worlds selection trials participation

Since some leading wrestlers in Sushil’s weight class (74kg) are injured, the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has postponed the trials in this particular category to August.
A file photo of Indian wrestler Sushil Kumar.(AFP)
A file photo of Indian wrestler Sushil Kumar.(AFP)
Updated on Jul 23, 2019 11:34 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent

World Wrestling C’ship trials: Venue shifted from SAI Sonepat to Delhi’s IG Stadium

Recently, a few referees had requested the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) to change the venue for Friday’s trials since they feared for their safety at the small hall at SAI centre in Sonepat.
Will Bjarang Punia thrive in the World Wrestling C’ship trials.(Hindustan Times)
Will Bjarang Punia thrive in the World Wrestling C’ship trials.(Hindustan Times)
Published on Jul 23, 2019 02:28 PM IST
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New Delhi | By Press Trust of India

Sushil Kumar keeps trials option open

Sushil Kumar had expressed interest in participating in the 74kg freestyle category, he is yet to confirm his entry for trials.
India wrestler Sushil Kumar(Twitter)
India wrestler Sushil Kumar(Twitter)
Updated on Jul 22, 2019 11:50 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent

No exemption for Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia from World Championship trials: WFI

The Wrestling Federation of India will conduct the men’s trails on July 25 in Sonepat while the women will compete on July 26 in Lucknow.
File photo of Vinesh Phogat after winning gold at the Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia.(PTI)
File photo of Vinesh Phogat after winning gold at the Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia.(PTI)
Updated on Jul 15, 2019 06:49 PM IST
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New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
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