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Wrestler Bajrang Punia out of World Wrestling Championships

By Jasleen Kaur -- August 23, 2021 8:37 pm -- Updated:August 23, 2021 9:28 pm

Olympic bronze medallist wrestler Bajrang Punia will not compete in the upcoming wrestling World Championships at Norway after being advised a six-week rehabilitation to treat the ligament tear he suffered in his right knee in run up to the Tokyo Olympics Games 2020.

The World Championships will be held in Oslo, Norway from October 2-10 and wrestler Bajrang Punia will not be able to begin his mat training until the rehabilitation programme to treat ligament tear is compete.

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Bajrang recently underwent an MRI scan to know the extent of the injury he suffered in Russia in June before the Olympics and consulted Dr Dinshaw Pardiwala, who heads the Centre for Sports Medicine at Mumbai's Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital.

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"It's a ligament tear and I have been asked to follow a rehabilitation programme for six weeks by Dr Dinshaw. I won't be able to compete at the World Championship," said Bajrang.

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There is no ranking series event lined up in the remainder of the year and Bajrang said his season is over. "The Worlds was the only major championship in the calender for this year. I don't see myself competing in any other tournament this season," he added.

Bajrang had suffered the injury in the run-up to the Tokyo Olympics Games 2020 when he competed at a Russian tournament -- Ali Aliyev in June.

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-PTC News with inputs from agencies

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