Vinesh Phogat requests clarity over the final selection trials for the Paris Olympics

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Vinesh Phogat

Wrestler Vinesh Phogat, recently securing the Paris Olympics quota for India in the women’s 50 kg category at the Asian Olympic Qualifier in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, has formally petitioned both the Sports Ministry and the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) to expedite the announcement of crucial details regarding the final selection trials.

Vinesh Phogat’s plea to WFI

In her plea, Phogat emphasized the importance of timely information to facilitate effective training planning for athletes. She stressed the need for clarity on dates, timing, venue, and the specific format of the trials. Such clarity, she argued, not only ensures fair competition but also maximizes the country’s chances of securing medals and achieving excellent performance on the global stage.

Phogat’s call for transparency resonates deeply, given the urgency, fairness, and Olympic potential underlying her plea. She highlighted that all other federations have announced the qualification pathway and trials process with a clear format way back in December 2023 or latest January 2024. The delay from the Wrestling Federation of India stands out in stark contrast.

Phogat also took the opportunity to commend the collective efforts of all wrestlers in securing these quotas and celebrated their success at the qualifiers. “Our athletes have worked tirelessly to earn their quota, and they deserve the assurance and support of a transparent and well-defined selection process,” she wrote.

“At this crucial stage, it is essential that all qualified athletes have complete clarity on the pathway and process to the Olympics. Such clarity not only ensures fair competition but also maximises our country’s chances of securing medals and excelling at the global stage,” the letter read.

The letter comes in the wake of the statement of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Sanjay Singh who disclosed plans for fresh selection trials on June 10.

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