UWW’s diktat on ‘Wrestling Federation of India’ is not exceptional: Lalovic

Vastavam web: World Wrestling body UWW has said it did not do anything “exceptional” by stopping national federations from dealing with the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI). United World Wrestling (UWW) President Nenad Lalovic said there is a standard protocol with regards to all its events and demanding visa approvals from India for all nations was part of it. Lalovic did not mention Pakistan in his statement but asserted that India will have to assure that all participating nations will be given entry if it has to host junior Asian championship in July.

India had agreed to host re-scheduled junior Championship after original hosts Lebanon withdrew. It was followed by UWW asking all its affiliated federations to stop dealing with WFI, putting under the cloud, the conduct of junior Asian championship. “United World Wrestling this week sent a letter to all its National Federations to communicate that following recent world sporting events, the current climate in India is sensitive for hosting competitions,” he said.

“The standard protocol for all UWW events is for host nations and organizing committees to allow willing and eligible nations be able to participate in our events. This has not changed, and the communication is not exceptional,” Lalovic said in a statement. The UWW President said the communication was not meant to impact any Indian wrestlers seeking to compete at upcoming UWW events “as they are unaffected.”

“I have reached out to Ashok Kumar of the Wrestling Federation of India, a 1S referee, and ensured him that we look forward to working with India to continue growing wrestling. He was grateful I made direct contact and clarified any miscommunications that may have occurred,” he said. “India is a nation where wrestling is popular, and we have high hopes for the success of their wrestlers and national federation.” Following UWW diktat, the WFI approached the Indian government, seeking assurance that wrestlers and officials from all eligible nations will be given visas.

WFI Assistant Secretary Vinod Tomar told that they have not received any reply from the government but even if they do not get to host the junior Asian Championship, it’s not a loss for them.