Sakshi Malik reinstated to national camp

WFI assistant secretary Vinod Tomar said that the three wrestlers, who were suspended along with 22 others for leaving the camp, had gone home for the festival of Rakshabandhan.

Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik has been reinstated to the national camp at the SAI Centre in Lucknow.   -  FILE PHOTO/ PTI

 

Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik has been reinstated to the national camp at the SAI Centre in Lucknow after she replied to the show cause notice issued by the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) for leaving the camp without permission.

World championship-bound Sakshi (62kg), Seema Bisla (50kg) and Kiran (76kg) were among the 25 wrestlers who were suspended from the national camp by the WFI.

WFI assistant secretary Vinod Tomar said that the three wrestlers had gone home for the festival of Rakshabandhan. “Sakshi said that she had gone home for the festival and admitted that she made a mistake by not taking due permission for it. Seema and Kiran also gave the same reasons. They have replied to the show cause notices and apologised. So now they are back in the camp,” he said.

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The trio’s participation at the Worlds is no longer in doubt.

It had emerged on Saturday that 25 of the 45 wrestlers in the camp were barred by the WFI. They were supposed to assemble on August 16 after the Alexandre Medved event in Minsk, Belarus, but when the attendance was taken only 13 were present; those who had taken a release from the camp had not been barred.

Tomar said that all the wrestlers have replied to the federation and have been told that they can return to the camp.

However, the grapplers who had their World Championships trials on Monday were not allowed to participate.

While the trials for the Olympic weight categories were held on July 28 in Lucknow, those for the non-Olympic categories were held on Monday.

The World Championships will be held in Kazakhstan from September 14 to 22.