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Monday, 19 August 2019

Sakshi Malik apology: reinstated to national camp by the WFI

NEW DELHI: Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik has been reinstated to the national camp at the SAI Centre in Lucknow after she replied to the show cause notice issued by the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) for leaving the camp without permission. 

Sakshi (62kg), Seema Bisla (50kg) and Kiran (76kg), all of whom have qualified for the upcoming World Wrestling Championships, were three of the 25 wrestlers who were suspended from the national camp by the WFI for the same reason. 

WFI assistant secretary Vinod Tomar on Monday told IANS that all three wrestlers told the Federation that they had gone home for the festival of Raksha Bandhan. "Sakshi said that she had gone home for the festival and admitted that she made a mistake by not taking due permission for it. Seema and Kiran also gave the same reasons. They have replied to the show cause notices and apologised. So now they are back in the camp," he said. 

The trio's participation at the Worlds is no longer in doubt. 

It had emerged on Saturday that 25 of the 45 wrestlers in the camp were barred by the WFI. They were supposed to assemble on August 16 after the Alexandre Medved event in Minsk, Belarus, but when the attendance was taken only 13 were present. Those who had taken exemptions from the camp had not been barred. 

Tomar said that all the wrestlers have replied to the federation and have been told that they can rejoin the camp. However, those who had their World Championships trials on Monday were not allowed to participate in the same. While the trials for the Olympic weight categories were held on July 28 in Lucknow, those for the non-Olympic categories were held on Monday. 

The World Championships will be held in Kazakhstan from September 14 to 22. Here are five things that you should know about Sakshi Malik, our champion wrestler who hails from the small town of Rohtak, Haryana Sakshi is the first Indian woman wrestler to have won a medal at the Olympics. She is the fourth Indian wrestler to win a medal at the Olympics, after Sushil Kumar, Khashaba Jadhav and Yogeshwar Dutt. She hails from Haryana, a state renowned for being one of the most conservative in the nation, and where misogyny and patriarchy thrive. Women are usually confined to their homes, and honour killing is common, as is sex-selective abortion. Thus it’s heartening that Sakshi began training at the tender age of 12, eventually breaking all gender barriers, and emerging victorious in this fight against patriarchy. Even in the face of protests from villagers, this determined woman trained under the guidance of Ishwar Dahiya. Winning seems to be in her blood, since she was inspired by her grandfather, Subir Malik, who was also a wrestler. In 2010, Sakshi won the Junior World Championship in the 59 kg category, a silver medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, a gold at the 2014 Dave Schultz International Wrestling tournament, and a bronze at the 2015 Senior Asian Wrestling Championship in Doha. Interestingly, her brother Sachin is named after Sachin Tendulkar. Sakshi’s daily routine includes intensive training, with about 500 sit-ups. Her favourite food is aloo ka parantha, a typical North Indian choice when it comes to comfort food. Unlike other young women her age, Sakshi is a homebody and loves spending quality time in the comfort of her home.

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