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Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat Delivered Direct Tickets for Asian Games | More sports news

NEW DELHI: The IOA ad hoc panel made the decision on Tuesday to grant direct tickets in the asian games to olympic medalist Bajrang Punia and World Championship medalist vine phogat.
This decision was made without the consent of the national head coaches.
In a circular issued by the IOA ad-hoc panel, it was mentioned that selection had already been made for the men’s 65kg freestyle and women’s 53kg categories, but testing would be done for all six weight classes in each of the three fighting styles. Although the ad-hoc panel did not specifically mention Bajrang and Vinesh in the circular, the panel member ashok garg confirmed to PTI that the two fighters had been exempted from the trials.
He Indian Olympic AssociationThe ad-hoc committee made the decision just four days before the trials to select the wrestling team for the Asian Games, which are scheduled to start on September 23 in Hangzhou, China.
The Greco-Roman and women’s freestyle events will take place on July 22, while the men’s freestyle events will take place on July 23 at the IG Stadium in Delhi.
Bajrang, the 65kg wrestler, who was one of six wrestlers who protested at Jantar Mantar demanding the arrest of Brij Bhushan, is currently training in Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan.
Vinesh, the 53kg wrestler who won the gold medal at the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games, trains in Budapest, Hungary.
However, the move to exempt Bajrang and Vinesh has not gone down well with the competitors, who have threatened to move to court.
(With PTI inputs)

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