The Sports Ministry of India has announced its decision to sponsor foreign exposure trips as well as the upcoming international competitions for the wrestlers, shooters and weightlifters of the country. The cost of the exposure trips for the athletes will be borne by the Government, while their participation in the upcoming International Wrestling Tournament Seniors, 1st Ranking Series International Tournament, Singapore Weightlifting International as well as the ISSF World Cup have also been granted.
A total of 20 male wrestlers belonging to the Freestyle and Greco-Roman categories, in addition to 10 female wrestlers, accompanied by 10 and 5 support staff respectively, will be taking part in the upcoming 59th International Wrestling Tournament Seniors, set to take place in Bulgaria from 17th to 20th February, the ministry confirmed in an official statement.
The statement also added that 23 male and 11 female grapples from the country, including Tokyo Olympics medal winners Ravi Kumar Bahiya and Bajrang Punia, will be competing in the subsequent 1st Ranking series International Tournament which will be held in Turkey from 24th to 27th February.
The ministry has also approved the participation of a 33-member Indian shooting contingent for the upcoming ISSF World Cup, set to take place in Cairo, Egypt from 25th February to 8th March. The team consists of 25 shooters including Tokyo Olympians Divyansh Singh Panwar, Apurvi Chandela, Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar, Sanjeev Rajput, Saurabh Chaudhary and Rahi Sarnoba, along with six coaches and two physios.
In addition of the above, the Indian Weightlifting team have also been granted permission for participating in the Singapore Weightlifting International 2022 which will be hosted from 23rd to 28th February. The women’s weightlifting team consists of 9 athletes including Tokyo Silver medallist Saikhom Mirabai Chanu, along with 4 support staff. The men’s counterpart will feature 7 athletes joined by 4 support staff.
- The Sports Ministry has sanctioned funding for foreign exposure trips as well as the upcoming international competitions for Indian wrestlers, shooters and weightlifters
- The wrestling team will participate in the International Wrestling Tournament Seniors, 1st Ranking Series International Tournament
- The weightlifting team will head for the Singapore Weightlifting International 2022
- The shooting team will be featured in the ISSF World Cup
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