Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia to leave for US to train after receiving UK visa

Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist Bajrang Punia’s The UK visa has been cleared ahead of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) 2022 to be held in Birmingham later this month.

Bajrang is expected to leave for the United States of America soon for a training and exhibition trip ahead of the quadrennial sporting event, having received his US visa earlier this month. However, his UK visa was delayed due to permission issues.

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The Department of Sport, through the Department of External Affairs, has contacted the British High Commission and requested the processing of the Olympic medalist’s UK visa at the earliest.

The 28-year-old and wrestler Deepak Punia will leave for training sessions in the United States. They will train at the University of Michigan until July 30, after which both grapplers will depart for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, which are due to begin on July 28.

Last month, Bajrang insisted on his reasons for preferring to train at the University of Michigan. Punia said during an interaction with virtual media:

“There are good training partners at the University of Michigan. The facilities are also good. The conducive environment will definitely allow me to prepare better for the Commonwealth Games.”

Bajrang picked up a gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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Indian wrestling contingent for CWG 2022:

India will send a contingent of 215 members who will compete in 16 disciplines at the upcoming CWG 2022.

The full list of Indian wrestlers who have booked their spot at CWG 2022 is as follows:

Women: Pooja Gehlot (50kg), Vinesh Phogat (53kg), Anshu Malik (57kg), Sakshi Malik (62kg), Divya Kakran (68kg), Pooja Sihag (76kg)

Men: Ravi Kumar Dahiya (57kg), Bajrang Punia (65kg), Naveen (74kg), Deepak Punia (86kg), Deepak (97kg), Mohit Grewal (125kg)

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Edited by Sudeshna Banerjee

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