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Bajrang Punia suspended by United World Wrestling after NADA action: report – Firstpost

Bajrang Punia has so far failed to qualify for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. PTI image

Bajrang Punia has been suspended by United World Wrestling (UWW) until the end of 2024 after the Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist was provisionally suspended by NADA for refusing to undergo a dope test, the news agency reports PTI reported on Thursday. The 20-year-old wrestler from Haryana was suspended by NADA on April 23 after being issued a failed residency notice on April 18.

Later, Bajrang explained that he never refused to give his sample but wanted NADA officials to explain why they used an expired kit to collect his sample.

Bajrang told PTI that he has not received any communication from the UWW regarding his suspension, but the global governing body clearly states that he has been suspended when updating its internal system.

“Suspended until December 31, 2024 for the following reason,” reads the update on Bajrang’s profile.

“Provisionally suspended by NADO IND due to alleged ADRV (Anti-Doping Rule Violation),” was the reason stated.

Interestingly, the Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) was informed in its April 25 meeting that Bajrang has been sanctioned Rs 8,82,000 plus airfare (actual) for his proposal to train in Dagestan, Russia, from May 28.

Bajrang’s original proposal was for a 35-day training trip starting April 24, but according to the MOC meeting minutes, due to “conflicting travel dates due to his accommodation failure, he opted to postpone the travel plans from April 24, 2024 to April 28. May 2024.”

The proposal also included the travel plans of his strength and conditioning coach Kaazi Kiron Mustafa Hasan and his sparring partner Jitender.

Neither SAI Director General Sandip Pradhan nor Colonel Rakesh Yadav, TOPS co-CEO, responded to calls or messages when PTI sought an explanation for the decision to sanction his training.

Bajrang confirmed that he had submitted a proposal to SAI for approval.

“I’m also surprised that SAI approved it. I have actually canceled my plan, I am not going anywhere for training now,” Bajrang said, adding that his lawyer has submitted the response to NADA.

At the same MOC meet, Sarita Mor, who competes in the women’s 57kg category, was sanctioned Rs 5,96,000 for her training stint in the US along with her husband and coach Rahul Mann from May 5.

Anshu Malik had set the quota for the Paris Olympics in the women’s 57kg category during the Asian qualifiers in Bishkek.

Anshu’s training stint in Japan, along with her father and coach Dharamveer Malik, was also approved at a cost of Rs 14,67,000.

If WFI decides to hold one final selection event, Sarita will have to emerge victorious in the trials to challenge quota winner Anshu.

With input from authorities

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