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Global wrestling body confirms that only WFI can select teams for Asian meet and Olympic qualifiers

The United World Wrestling (UWW) has clarified that only the officially affiliated Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) can send teams to competitions under its aegis. Currently, the Sanjay Singh-led WFI is recognized by UWW, despite the Sports Ministry’s ongoing suspension. This clarification came after Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik raised concerns about team selection for upcoming tournaments.

UWW President Nenad Lalovic emphasized in a letter to WFI President Sanjay Singh that only affiliated bodies can select teams for international competitions. Lalovic stated, “It is the responsibility of the national federations regularly affiliated to UWW to select and announce their teams for various tournaments.” The lifting of the suspension on WFI by UWW reinstated the federation’s status, allowing it to participate in international events.

The letter outlined that only UWW-affiliated national federations can register players for tournaments using the competition administration system. This confirms that the WFI will be responsible for selecting teams for upcoming competitions. The WFI has already called for eligible wrestlers to attend trials to form the teams for the tournaments.

Olympian Bajrang Punia expressed hesitance towards participating in trials conducted solely by the WFI, without the involvement of the Sports Ministry. This development highlights the ongoing conflict between the WFI and the Sports Ministry regarding team selection for international wrestling competitions.

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