Wrestling Federation of India’s suspension lifted by UWW | More sports News


New Delhi: It was banned after six months Indian Wrestling Federation ,wfi) for its failure to hold elections on time, the United World Wrestling ,uuuu) on Tuesday lifted the suspension with immediate effect, but with certain conditions, including protecting the performing trio of Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat and Sakshi Malik against any possible discrimination and their participation in the upcoming Olympic qualifying events for Paris 2024. To ensure that.
The UWW, among other conditions, directed the national federation to reconvene its athlete commission elections before July 1, 2024, and provided the world body with a written guarantee that all wrestlers will be considered for participation without any discrimination. Will be done. WFI Program.
The lifting of the suspension means Indian wrestlers will be able to compete under their country's flag in the next UWW events, which include the Asian Olympic Qualifiers in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan from April 19-21 and the World Olympic Qualifiers in Istanbul, Turkey from May 9-12 .
Under the suspension, imposed on August 23 last year, the country's wrestlers were to compete as neutral athletes under the UWW flag.
The development has put a question mark over the future of the three-member ad-hoc committee convened by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), which was tasked with running the day-to-day affairs of the WFI following its suspension by the Sports Ministry. In late December for violating the National Sports Code and its own constitution.
When lifting the ban, the Bureau of the UWW, which met in Lausanne on 9 February, listed certain conditions for the WFI to follow.
“The WFI will have to re-conduct elections for its Athletes Commission. Candidates for this Commission must be active athletes or have been retired for not more than four years. The voters will be exclusively athletes. These elections will be held during trials or any senior national championships. Where this operation may take place, but not before July 1, 2024, and the WFI must immediately give a written guarantee to the UWW that all wrestlers will be considered for participation in all WFI events, especially the trials, without any discrimination. The Olympic Games and any other major national and international event. This non-discrimination includes the three athletes who protested against the former President's alleged wrongdoings.”

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