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Geeta, Babita Phogat barred from ongoing national camp for Asian Games

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

The Hush Post:  Geeta and Babita Phogat, both Commonwealth Games gold medallists, have been barred from the on-going national wrestling camp being held at Lucknow.

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

Lesser known siblings of Geeta and Babita — Ritu Phogat and Sangeeta Phogat, too missed the national camp at Lucknow and owe an explanation to the Wrestling Federation of India.

Meanwhile, the WFI has said that the four sisters have been ousted due to their unexplained absence from the camp.

“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 said.

He further added, “But Geeta, Babita and others (in all 13) did not do that. They did not communicate their issue to the WFI. This is serious indiscipline on their part.”

The federation can take a strict action against the wrestlers, which means they could be barred from the Asian Games trials scheduled later this month.  The Asian Games are scheduled to be held in August-September later this year in Indonesia.

“Let them first come to us and explain the reasons behind their actions. For now, they are out of the national camp,” Singh said.

Reports suggest that Babita cited injury as the 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 said.

As for her sisters, Babita said that Ritu and Sangeeta were waiting for their visas to take part in a training camp in Russia which was known to WFI, but the federation rejected the claim.

Babita also clarified, “Geeta was in Bangalore (Bengaluru) training at a private facility and she has no knowledge why her sister hasn’t joined the camp yet. I thought she has joined the camp. I am also going to Bangalore for my rehab at the JSW facilities.”

The two champion wrestlers acquired more fame after their life story was brought alive on the silver screen in blockbuster ‘Dangal.’ This was much after the Commonwealth and other medals they won at international levels.

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