India faces yet another blow to its face in field of sports because of Pakistan
LAUSANNE, Switzerland – India faces yet another blow to its face in the field of sports as the United World Wrestling (UWW) has suspended its membership and asked all national federations under it to stop communication with the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI).
The mandate was issued by the UWW in accordance with the IOC’s censure on India for denying visas to Pakistani athletes for the ISSF World Cup held New Delhi last month. The IOC had suspended discussions with India for hosting future global events.
In a letter to all national federations, the UWW highlighted India’s response was against the central Olympic principle of non-discrimination against any athlete, which was akin to the statement released by the IOC.
“UWW recommends to all the affiliated and associated national wrestling federations to suspended their discussions or relations with the Indian wrestling federation,” the world body wrote in the letter.
While the UWW said that this is only till Indian government provides written guarantee as per IOC’s ultimatum, this decision is so far the biggest casualty of the earlier IOC order.
WFI president Brij Bhusan Saran Singh said he is yet to see the letter and offered to comment only after he does so.
The first big blow will be the hosting rights of junior Asian Championships which was offered to India by UWW-Asia. The tournament was scheduled to be hosted in Lebanon from July 9-14.
It remains to be seen to what extent the UWW directive would affect Indian wrestlers.
Six Indians had claimed medals at last week’s Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov international meet in Bulgaria. Bajrang Punia and Pooja Dhanda had won gold, while Sakshi Malik, Vinesh Phogat, Sarita Mor and Sandeep Tomar bagged silver medals.