TOPS clears Wrestlers Vinesh Phogat and Bajrang Punia training in Kyrgyzstan and Hungary

OV Digital Desk

Indian wrestlers and Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) athletes Vinesh Phogat and Bajrang Punia will travel to Kyrgyzstan and Hungary for international training camps.

The two sent their proposals to the TOPS team of the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYAS) and the same was authorized within 24 hours of their request.

While Olympic medalist Bajrang Punia will travel to Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan for a 36-day retreat, World Championships medalist Vinesh Phogat will travel first to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, for a week of training, then to Tata, Kyrgyzstan. Hungary, for 18 days of withdrawal.

Vinesh will be accompanied by physical therapist Ashwini Jeevan Patil, sparring partner Sangeeta Phogat and coach Sudesh, Bajrang will be accompanied by coach Sujeet Maan, physical therapist Anuj Gupta, sparring partner Jitender and strength and conditioning expert Kaazi Hasan.

Govt to fund Vinesh, Bajrang, their sparring partners Sangeeta Phogat and Jitender

and coaches Sudesh and Sujeet Maan air tickets, room and board costs, camp fees, airport transfer costs, OPA and other miscellaneous costs.

Additionally, the cost for the rest of the support personnel accompanying the wrestlers will be borne by Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ).

Both Vinesh and Bajrang will be leaving in the first week of July.



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