Take the pledge to vote

For a better tommorow#AajSawaroApnaKal
  • I agree to receive emails from News18

  • I promise to vote in this year's elections no matter what the odds are.
  • Please check above checkbox.

    SUBMIT

Thank you for
taking the pledge

Vote responsibly as each vote counts
and makes a diffrence

Disclaimer:

Issued in public interest by HDFC Life. HDFC Life Insurance Company Limited (Formerly HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Limited) (“HDFC Life”). CIN: L65110MH2000PLC128245, IRDAI Reg. No. 101 . The name/letters "HDFC" in the name/logo of the company belongs to Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited ("HDFC Limited") and is used by HDFC Life under an agreement entered into with HDFC Limited. ARN EU/04/19/13618
LIVE TV DownloadNews18 App
News18 English
News18 » Other Sports
2-min read

WFI Selects Ritu Phogat for World Championship after Pinky Refuses Trial

Miffed with the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), grappler Pinky on Tuesday refused to turn up for the World Championship re-trial, paving the way for Ritu Phogat's selection in the 53kg category.

PTI

Updated:September 18, 2018, 7:41 PM IST
facebookTwitterskypewhatsapp
WFI Selects Ritu Phogat for World Championship after Pinky Refuses Trial
Ritu Phogat. (Getty Images)
Loading...

New Delhi: Miffed with the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), grappler Pinky on Tuesday refused to turn up for the World Championship re-trial, paving the way for Ritu Phogat's selection in the 53kg category.

Pinky, who had a disappointing Asian Games but had won a gold medal at the Yasar Dogu International before heading to Jakarta, had actually booked a place for herself in the 53kg for both the Asian Games and the World Championship when the trials were held earlier in Lucknow.

However, the WFI decided to give Ritu, who competes in the 50kg category, a chance to compete in the 53kg since she had missed out on the Asian Games trials due to a flight issue.

"Pinky says she was not required to appear in any trials because she had earned her berth through trials held in Lucknow. How come Ritu now comes into picture in the 53kg category? That's why she has refused to undergo trials," said a source close to Pinku, who hails from Rohtak.

When contacted, WFI Assistant Secretary Vinod Tomar told PTI that they decided to hold fresh trials in the interest of the country.

"It has not been done to favour any particular wrestler. We have to see the country's best interest at the World Championships. Ritu had missed the Asian Games trials because of delay in her flight from Turkey.

She had a good medal chance at the Asian Games too but missed out. And Pinky's performance in Jakarta was not encouraging," said Tomar.

Pinky had lost her 1/8 bout to Mongolia's Sumiya Erdnechimeg by technical superiority at the Asian Games.

"And we did not give Ritu a direct entry for the Worlds. We asked her if she wants to give trials in 53kg, she said yes. We had informed Pinky too but this morning she refused to come for trails, So we have recommended Ritu's name for the 53kg category," Tomar said.

Asked why Ritu was not asked to compete in 50kg trials, Tomar said the WFI did not want to "disturb" Vinesh Phogat because she had won gold at the Asian Games.

National women's coach Kuldeep Malik told PTI that he expected Pinky to prove her strength against a wrestler from lower weight category.

"If she does not want to bout against a wrestler, who is in a lower weight category, how will she compete at the Worlds with superior wrestlers," Malik said from Lucknow.

The trials were to be held under supervision of Malik.

Struggling Sakshi Malik also appeared for the trials in the 62kg Tuesday but her opponent Sarita Mor pulled out due to a knee injury.

Geeta Phogat, meanwhile, replaced her injured sister Sangeeta in 59kg category.

The World Wrestling Championships will be held in Budapest, Hungary from October 20-28.

Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox - subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what's happening in the world around you – in real time.

Subscribe to Moneycontrol Pro and gain access to curated markets data, trading recommendations, equity analysis, investment ideas, insights from market gurus and much more. Get Moneycontrol PRO for 1 year at price of 3 months. Use code FREEDOM.

| Edited by: Shayne Dias
Read full article
Loading...
Next Story
Next Story

Also Watch

facebookTwitterskypewhatsapp

Live TV

Loading...
Countdown To Elections Results
To Assembly Elections 2018 Results