Deepak Punia pulls out of Poland Open due to elbow injury

Olympic-bound Indian wrestler Deepak Punia on Tuesday pulled out of the Poland Open right here to keep away from aggravating his left-elbow injury that he carried into the final Rating Collection occasion earlier than the Tokyo Video games.

Punia was to take mat for the 86kg occasion however forfeited his quarterfinal towards American Zahid Valencia.

It has been learnt that the 2019 World championships bronze-winner had suffered the injury two-three days earlier than leaving for Warsaw throughout follow.

“It’s a minor injury, there may be nothing to fear about. He sustained it whereas practising in India. We simply didn’t need to irritate the injury. The Federation was saved in loop. He’s nonetheless practising, so there may be nothing worrisome,” nationwide coach Jagmander Singh informed PTI.

Singh additionally dismissed suggestion that it was a made-up injury to get a selected draw on the Olympics.

“Nothing like that. We aren’t trying that a lot forward,” he mentioned.

The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) confirmed the sequence of occasions.

“Sure we had given him a alternative. We don’t need to put stress on wrestlers, Olympics are close to, so no level in taking dangers,” mentioned WFI Assistant Secretary Vinod Tomar.

Punia will stay with the crew until July 5 for the coaching camp that has been organised by the Polish Federation.

The WFI can also be making an attempt to negotiate with Turkey, Romania and Russia to organise coaching camps for India’s Olympic-bound wrestlers.

With Punia pulling out, solely three Indians are actually left within the competitors.

Ravi Dahiya, who certified for the Video games in 57kg, will compete within the 61kg class on this occasion.

Vinesh Phogat (53kg) and Anshu Malik (57kg) will compete on Friday within the girls’s occasion.

Bajrang Punia had additionally determined to miss the occasion, preferring to prepare in Russia as an alternative. Seema Bisla (50kg) and Sonam Malik (62kg) didn’t journey to Warsaw as they too are nursing their respective accidents.

Sumit Malik (125kg) has been suspended by the world physique for failing a dope check in Sofia, the place had made the reduce for the Tokyo Video games.

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