Wrestling trials for Asiad set to be announced today

Vinayak Padmadeo is a journalist. He wrote an article about the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and their decision on the trials date for the Asian Games. The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) did not extend the deadline for submitting names for the Asian Games. The IOA’s ad hoc committee, led by Bhupinder Singh Bajwa, met to discuss the trial dates but has not yet made a final decision. It’s likely that the announcement will happen tomorrow. The OCA said they won’t make the deadline later than July 23. The president of our country’s athletics association asked for more time to send the list of wrestling participants for the Asian Games. However, it has been decided that the deadline will not be extended. Therefore, we must now submit the names of the wrestlers by July 23rd only. This decision has raised concerns about whether Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik, and other wrestlers will be able to participate in the Asian Games. Sakshi and her husband Satyawart Kadian are training in Michigan in the USA. Bajrang and Vinesh are in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, getting ready for the trials for the Asian Games. The committee has decided to hold the trials on either July 21-22 or July 22-23, according to wrestling coach Gian Singh. They are just deciding whether to give a day or two to the junior team returning from Amman on July 20 after participating in the U-20 and U-15 Asian Championships. The trials will happen in New Delhi and will involve junior and U-23 wrestlers in all weight categories, as well as all medallists in the last senior Nationals and the senior national ranking series. They are also being careful to not allow the wrestlers who protested the one-bout exemption against the winner of the first set of trials. The explanation is straightforward: somebody will go to court because these times are politically intense, Singh clarified.

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