Situation in India is sensitive for hosting competitions, says Nenad Lalovic

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Situation in India is sensitive for hosting competitions, says Nenad Lalovic

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United World Wrestling president Nenad Lalovic has asserted that the current situation in India is sensitive for the world wrestling body to host any big competition. He has also added that there is a protocol for the host nations and organising committees to allow eligible nations to participate.

UWW had recently asked all the member countries to suspend dealings with the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to suspend hosting of sporting events in India. This decision of IOC came after the Pakistani shooters were not allowed visas to compete at the ISSF Shooting World Cup in Delhi.

Meanwhile, the UWW president Lalovic has said that the decision taken by the world body is nothing exceptional and the situation in India is too sensitive for hosting competitions.

“United World Wrestling this week sent a letter to all its National Federations to communicate that following recent world sporting events, the current climate in India is sensitive for hosting competitions,” the UWW president was quoted as saying by PTI.

“The standard protocol for all UWW events is for host nations and organizing committees to allow willing and eligible nations be able to participate in our events. This has not changed, and the communication is not exceptional.”

India is scheduled to host the Junior Asian Championship from July 9 to 16 this year. However, with the recent development, there is some doubt regarding the organisation of the event in India. The UWW president has also clarified that the UWW diktat will not affect any Indian wrestler competing at an event on the international circuit.

“I have reached out to Ashok Kumar of the Wrestling Federation of India, a 1S referee, and ensured him that we look forward to working with India to continue growing wrestling. He was grateful I made direct contact and clarified any miscommunications that may have occurred,” said Lalovic.

“India is a nation where wrestling is popular, and we have high hopes for the success of their wrestlers and national federation.”

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