Rattled WFI seeks assurances to keep Asian Championships in India

Rattled WFI seeks assurances to keep Asian Championships in India
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 The WrestlingFederation of India (WFI) Tuesday said it will seek government guarantees toensure that political tensions with Pakistan do not lead to internationalevents being taken away from the country.

WFI President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said the UnitedWorld Wrestling's (UWW) diktat to international federations, asking them tosnap communication with India, might jeopardise the nation's chances of hostingthe junior Asian Championships in July.

"Today we will write to the government of India to finda solution to the matter. Wrestling and wrestlers can't suffer. We are draftinga letter to urge the government to ensure that sports does not suffer,"Singh, who was recently elected as WFI President for a third term, told PTI.

"We will do our best to ensure that the juniorchampionship remains in India. A solution has to be found. I have not read theUWW directive as yet but whatever it is, no sport should suffer for nofault," he added.

The UWW directive went out after the International OlympicCommittee (IOC) suspended all talks with India on hosting of future eventsowing to denial of visas to Pakistani shooters for last month's World Cup inDelhi in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack.

Taking note of the visa denial to Pakistan shooters, IOC withdrewthe Olympic Quota status of the 25m Rapid Pistol event from the prestigiousevent.

The junior Asian Championship is scheduled from July 9-14.

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