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Prominent wrestler Bajrang Punia complains over physio’s absence from Indian contingent for CWG 2022

Tokyo Olympic Bronze medallist Bajrang has claimed that the IOA has not granted UK visa to his physio despite repetitive requests.

Aakash Srivastava Author

Updated - 26 July 2022 10:20 pm

A day after Tokyo Olympic medallist Lovlina Borgohain alleged the Boxing Federation of India of not letting her personal coach accompany her in the Commonwealth Games village, prominent Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia has registered a complaint about not getting his physio in the Indian contingent for the Birmingham Games.

Tokyo Olympic Bronze medallist Bajrang has reportedly claimed that the Indian Olympic Association has not granted UK visa to his physio despite being with him in the United States of America for training. He further informed that he has made repetitive requests to Indian Olympic Association, but no concrete action has been taken to resolve the issue.

“The federation has arranged a UK via for my physio and he is accompanying me here, but he is yet not provided visa for England. What’s the point of having him if he is not given the accreditation. He will not have access to venues,” told Bajrang to Hindustan Times.

While Bajrang is concerned about his physio, his coach Sujeet Mann is part of the Indian contingent that will fly to Birmingham.

Earlier, Tokyo Olympics Bronze medallist Lovlina Borgohain sparked a massive storm on the internet by alleging ‘mental harassment’ by BFI officials and alleging that her coach is not being granted accreditation for the Commonwealth Games.

Taking to Twitter, Lovlina shared a long note claiming that the coaches who helped her to win an Olympic medal are always being sidelined and it has severely impacted her training schedule. She also credited her coach Sandhya Gurung for pulling her out of her mental place before the Tokyo Games. Notably, Gurung was with Lovlina during the 15-day training camp in Ireland ahead of the CWG.

Responding to Lovlina’s allegation, BFI stated that as per rules only 22 per cent of the playing contingent is allowed as support staff. The Indian boxing contingent has 12 playing members (8 men and 4 women) and as per rules, the number of staff will be four, which includes a coach.

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