Express news service
CHENNAI: As expected, the growing number of Covid-19 cases has started to wreak havoc on planned sporting activities in the country. The Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWLF) has decided to postpone the national championships scheduled for Bhubaneswar from January 8-16.
Likewise, the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has moved the location of the 1st Open National Ranking Tournament from New Delhi to Uttar Pradesh due to restrictions imposed in the nation’s capital as a result of the new variant of Covid. The Ranking Tournament was scheduled for January 10-12 at KD Jadhav Indoor Stadium, IG Sports Complex, New Delhi.
âWe received a letter dated December 30 from the Odisha government regarding the postponement of the dates for the IWLF National Weightlifting Championships for Youth (boys and girls), juniors (men and women) and seniors (men and women) 2021- 22 in Bhubaneswar – now to be held March 20-29, 2022. Due to force majeure circumstances due to increasing cases of Covid-19 and Omicron pandemic in the country, we have no further choice than to postpone the championships in accordance with the guidelines of the Odisha government, “said a circular sent to all IWLF affiliated units.
The circular also stated that there would be no change in the final entries sent by affiliated units and departmental councils. The postponement meant that the IWLF Executive Council and General Council meetings and the review of the referees in Bhubaneswar were also postponed.
The event was supposed to be weightlifter Mirabai Chanu’s first competition since her historic silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Meanwhile, WFI decided to go ahead with the proposed National Ranking Tournament but changed the venue to Nandini Nagar, Gonda (Uttar Pradesh). âNumerous restrictions are being imposed in the nation’s capital due to an increase in Covid cases. We expect a full house as we received record entries for the event, so we have moved the venue. Nationals of 2021 were held at Nandini Nagar recently, the site is ready to host the tournament, “said Vinod Tomar, deputy secretary of WFI. The new Indian express.
We learn that the federation received an overwhelming response, especially from the male freestyle wrestlers, so it was decided to start the event with a freestyle competition followed by matches in Greco-Roman and female wrestling respectively. Previously, the event had to start with a Greco-Roman competition.