Three-time World Championships medallist Bajrang Punia on Tuesday referred to as for wrestling to be made the nationwide sport, insisting that Indian grapplers have persistently gained medals in big-ticket occasions. During a felicitation perform of World Championships medal-winning wrestlers by Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju in New Delhi on Monday, the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) President Brij Bhushan Sharan mooted the concept of creating wrestling the nationwide sport, which obtained the backing of double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar.
“I too feel wrestling should be made the national sport as it is one sport which has consistently won medals in the World Championships and Olympics,” mentioned Bajrang throughout this system organised by the Sports Ministry.
Bajrang clinched a bronze medal in just-concluded World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan so as to add to his silver (2018 Budapest) and bronze (2013 Budapest) he had gained earlier.
Sport Minister Kiren Rijiju, nonetheless, mentioned he cannot discriminate or favour any specific sports.
“As a Sports Minister I have to give equal importance to all sports. I can’t sound discriminatory. Wrestling is very important for India, it makes our country’s flag fly high but we have to give importance to all Olympic sports as well as non-Olympic and traditional sports,” he mentioned.
“But to declare some sport as a national sport…it is a matter which is very emotional and critical. So as a Sports Minister, I shouldn’t be making announcement or judgement on the basis of any demand. I am not going to discuss this issue and generate unnecessary controversy.”
The Sports Minister additionally hoped that wrestling will produce most variety of medals at subsequent 12 months’s Tokyo Olympics.
“The 2020 Tokyo Olympics is going to be a watershed moment and along with other disciplines our wrestling team will be one of the major force in Tokyo. I am happy with the management of wrestling, the efforts of the coaches and entire technical support staff,” Rijiju mentioned.
“India have the capability to win many medals at Tokyo.”
WFI President Sharan, who was additionally current on the program, promised that wrestlers will produce a much-better efficiency in Tokyo.
“India had won two medals at Rio and one of them was in wrestling. I promise that our wrestlers will double that medal at Tokyo,” Sharan added.