Phogat sisters axed from Asiad camp for ‘se­ri­ous in­dis­ci­pline’

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HTPUNJAB&HARYANA -

NEWDELHI:AXED from the na­tional camp for “se­ri­ous in­dis­ci­pline”, the cel­e­brated Phogat sisters will have to ex­plain their ab­sence for any chance of a come­back, the Wrestling Fed­er­a­tion of In­dia (WFI) said on Thurs­day af­ter one of them, Babita, claimed to be in­jured.

Geeta and Babita Phogat, both Com­mon­wealth Games medal­lists who be­came house­hold names af­ter their life story was brought alive on the silver screen in block­buster ‘Dan­gal’, along with their younger sib­lings Ritu and Sangeeta were ousted from the on­go­ing na­tional camp in Lucknow.

The WFI cited their un­ex­plained ab­sence from the camp as rea­son. “The wrestlers se­lected for the na­tional camp are ex­pected to phys­i­cally re­port to the camp within three days. If they have any prob­lems or issues they should go there and re­port it to the coaches and find a so­lu­tion,” WFI pres­i­dent Brij Bhushan Sha­ran Singh told PTI.

“But Geeta, Babita and oth­ers (in all 13) did not do that. They were in­com­mu­ni­cado. This is se­ri­ous in­dis­ci­pline on their part and the WFI felt it’s time to pull the plug. So we have told them to sit at home and en­joy,” he said.

The fed­er­a­tion’s ac­tion against the wrestlers means that they could be barred from the Asian Games tri­als sched­uled later this month. The Asian Games are sched­uled to be held in Au­gustseptem­ber later this year in Indonesia.

Singh, how­ever, hinted that the wrestlers could be given a life­line if they can come up with a sat­is­fac­tory ex­pla­na­tion for their ac­tions. “Let them first come to us and ex­plain the rea­sons be­hind their ac­tions. For now they are out of the na­tional camp,” he said.

The men’s and women’s na­tional are be­ing si­mul­ta­ne­ously con­ducted in Sonepat and Lucknow from May 10 to 25.

An­other big name to have been barred from the na­tional camp is Satyawart Ka­dian, hus­band of Rio Olympics bronze-medal­list wrestler Sak­shi Ma­lik.

When con­tacted, Babita said she is yet to re­ceive any show­cause no­tice from the WFI and cited in­jury as rea­son for her ab­sence. “I didn’t re­ceive any­thing from the fed­er­a­tion. Yes, I haven’t joined that camp yet as I am re­cov­er­ing from in­juries to both my knees,” Babita told PTI.

“I ad­mit I haven’t in­formed the fed­er­a­tion yet but I will send an ap­pli­ca­tion to them to­day it­self,” she added.

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