We Will Not see Phogat Sisters in Asian Games Trials

Maricruz Casares
May 17, 2018

The absence of some of the country's top wrestlers from the national camp has drawn the ire of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), which has made a decision to discipline 15 national grapplers due to a breach of discipline, according to media reports.

"But Geeta, Babita and others (in all 13) did not do that".

Babita also said that Geeta was in Bangalore training at a private facility and she has no knowledge why her sister hasn't joined the camp yet.

The federation's action against the wrestlers means that they could be barred from the Asian Games trials scheduled later this month. "Moreover, they won't be allowed to appear for the Asian Games trials." said Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, President of WFI.

"It looks like all of them are not taking the camp seriously". The Asian Games are scheduled to be held in Indonesia in August-September this year.

The WFI had been criticized for not reacting to complaints of indiscipline against Geeta and Babita but the governing body has swiftly taken action against the star wrestlers this time after they failed to join the mandatory national training camps, according to The Times of India. "So, we have told them to sit at home and enjoy", he added.

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The WFI cited their unexplained absence from the camp as reason.

The federation sought explanations from each of the Phogat sisters after issuing a show cause notice on Wednesday. "Yes, I haven't joined that camp yet as I am recovering from injuries to both my knees", she said. I admit I haven't informed the federation yet but I will send an application to them today itself, "Babita told PTI".

Among the wrestlers suspended from the national camp is Malik's husband, Satyawart Kadian. We have immediately removed these offenders from the Lucknow and Sonepat camps. "I am also going to Bangalore for my rehab at the JSW facilities", she said.

According to Babita, her sisters Ritu and Sangeeta were waiting for their visas to take part in a training camp in Russian Federation. Besides, she was also the first Indian woman wrestler to qualify for Olympics in 2012.

India did extremely well in 2018 CWG winning five gold, three silver and four bronze medals.

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