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United World Wrestling boss Nenad Lalovic wants all stakeholders, including the WFI and IOA, to work together to ensure Indian grapplers are free from uncertainty in the sport and can compete internationally in a crucial Olympic year.
In his letter to the IOA ad-hoc panel responsible for wrestling, Lalovic said the UWW was willing to recognize the new wrestling federation of India if the Indian Olympic Association gave “formal confirmation”.
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There are several qualifying events for the Olympics this year, with women's wrestler Antim Panghal the only Indian to secure a place in Paris in 2024, while others have been disappointed by the lack of training camps and competitions for more than a year due to protests Bajrang PuniaSakshi Malik and Vinesh Phogat.
Three top wrestlers are demanding the arrest of former WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh for allegedly sexually harassing female grapplers.
“The WFI and IOA are requested to cooperate so that the athletes are not prejudiced and are duly registered for UWW international events under the same conditions as stated in our suspension letter dated 23 August 2023. Thank you for your consideration and cooperation in the interest of all wrestlers in India.” the UWW president stated in his letter.
The UWW also said it was “well informed” about the newly elected Sanjay Singh-led WFI and was waiting for the IOA to confirm the election results.
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