Pakistani wrestlers granted visas for Asian wrestling in India

LAHORE – Staff reporter: Four free style wrestlers from Pakistan will reach New Delhi on February 18 to compete in the Asian Championships. They can be followed by two officers. The Pakistani contingent become subsequently issued visas for the event started from February 18 to 23.

“It is a big remedy for us, as uncertainty over our participation had started taking a toll at the preparation of our wrestlers. It is an essential event ahead of the Asian Olympic qualifiers and we certainly do now not want to overlook the opportunity,” Farid Ali, the Pakistan Wrestling Federation’s operational supervisor.

The Pakistani wrestling contingent can be the primary team from across the Wagah border to travel to India for a sporting event after the Pulwama terror assault in February last year. Muhammad Bilal (57kg), Abdul Rehman (74kg), Tayab Raza (97kg) and Zaman Anwar (125kg) can be representing the country in event.

The Pakistani federation has mentioned February 18 as the arrival date of their wrestlers and officers,” stated Vinod Tomar, assistant secretary of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI). Greco-Roman bouts might be held on the primary days, accompanied by way of female’s wrestling over the subsequent two days.

Competition in the men’s freestyle class can be held on the last two days. Participation of the Chinese contingent remains unsure, with the WFI claiming that the issue is pending with the central authorities. China had sent a 40-member list comprising 30 wrestlers, 10 in each category.                Meanwhile, after North Korea, wrestlers from Turkmenistan have also decided to skip the event due to deadly virus. “The Turkmenistan federation confirmed its withdrawal. They do not want to risk their wrestlers,” informed the WFI official.