Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has taken a firm step in case of indiscipline against the Phogat sisters. WFI has prohibited the all four Phogat sisters including (Geeta, Babita, Ritu and Sangeeta) out of the National Camp for Asian Games. The four sisters will not be allowed to participate in the Asiad Trials that will be held later this month. This decision will affect the hopes of Phogat sisters representing in Indonesia(Jakarta-Palembang) Games in August-September in Indonesia. However, this time WFI has adopted a tough stance on the case of indiscipline. This action has been taken by the federation to leave compulsory National Camp by Phogat Sisters in Lucknow. The federation’s action against the wrestlers means that they could be barred from the Asian Games trials scheduled later this month. The Asian Games will take place on August-September later this year in Indonesia.
Instead of Phogat Sisters, The Wrestling Federation had received several complaints against many other wrestlers, after which this action has been taken. On this matter, the Federation has issued a show-cause notice to 15 male and female wrestlers. This list also includes the name of Satyavrat Kadian, husband of Olympic Bronze medalist Sakshi Malik. Action has been taken against these wrestlers; Ritu Phogat (50kg), Indu Choudhary (50kg), Sangeeta Phogat (57kg), Geeta Phogat (59kg), Ravi (59kg), Pooja Tomar (62kg), Manu (62kg), Nandini Sokokhe (62kg), Reshma Mane (62kg) ), Anju (65kg), Manu Tomar (72kg), Kamini (72kg), Babita Phogat (53kg), Shravan (61kg) and Satyavrat Kadian (97kg).
Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, President of the Wrestling Federation of India, said, “It seems that none of them is taking the camp seriously. This is a major infraction of discipline from them. The Federation is already struggling with the lack of female wrestlers. This is not acceptable. We immediately removed these Wrestlers from Lucknow and Sonepat camps. Also, they will not be allowed by WFI to participate in the Asian Games trials.”