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Indian wrestlers out of Rome ranking series to complete Commonwealth Games visa formalities MPNRC

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New Delhi Indian wrestlers have decided not to travel to Rome for the Matteo Pelicone Ranking Series 2022 that begins on Wednesday, instead completing their visa formalities for the Commonwealth Games 2022 to be held in Birmingham.

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All selected wrestlers for the Commonwealth Games 2022 were required to be in India for the collection of their biometric information required to process their UK visas for the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

“Wrestlers have to be in the country for visa processing. We have given the passport to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) as the visa process is expected to start this week.

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“We do not want to delay the visa process so the WFI has decided to skip the Rome tournament,” he added.

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A total of 30 Indian wrestlers, including Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Ravi Kumar Dahiya and Rio 206 bronze medalist Sakshi Malik, were to compete in the Rome ranking series. However, Tokyo bronze medalist Bajrang Punia had earlier pulled out of the Matteo Pelicone event.

The list includes most of the 12 Indian wrestlers who have qualified for the Commonwealth Games 2022, including Ravi Dahiya and Sakshi. However, WFI has withdrawn the entire contingent from Rome Meet.

After their exit from the Rome Ranking Series, Indian wrestlers will continue to prepare for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in their respective national camps. The men are at the SAI center in Sonipat, while the women are undergoing training at the SAI facility in Lucknow.

Before the start of wrestling events in the Commonwealth Games 2022 from 5 August, Indian wrestlers have two major international tournaments, the Grand Prix of Spain in Madrid from 8 to 10 July and the Zouhair Saghair Ranking Series in Tunis, Tunisia from 14 July. By 17 to get some much-needed match practice ahead of the quadrennial showpiece in Birmingham.

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