Bronze medallist Bajrang Punia will miss the World Championship

Bajrang Punia has ruled himself out of the World Championships as he has undergone a six-week rehabilitation for a ligament tear he suffered before the Olympics at the Ali Aliev Tournament in Russia and had to forfeit a match due to this.

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Bajrang Punia has ruled himself out of the World Championships, as he has undergone a six-week rehabilitation for a ligament tear he suffered before the Olympics at the Ali Aliev Tournament in Russia and had to forfeit a match due to this.

He still won the bronze medal, after picking this injury up but has decided to miss the World Championships.

He had an MRI scan recently to know the severity of his injury. He consulted Doctor Dinshaw Pardiwala who is the head of the Centre of Sports Medicine at Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital.

He told PTI that he had to miss the Worlds as he has a ligament tear and needs six weeks of rehabilitation. He doesn’t see himself competing in any tournament this season and that the Worlds was the only major tournament he is missing out on.

He has revealed that Dr Dinshaw has prescribed a six weeks rehab programme to follow. He added, “Since it was my first Olympics and I had a dream to win an Olympic medal, I competed through pain in Tokyo. I had to do it.”

He has said that he is undergoing rehabilitation in Sonepat and will do a few exercises prescribed by Dr Dinshaw in the gym and his mat training time will go to rehab.

In other news related to Punia, the 27-year-old wrestler wants to stay with Georgian coach, Shako Bentinidis who has now left for home, as the federation are yet to offer him a new contract.

The World Championships will start on October 2nd and will last till 10th October. It will be held in Oslo, Norway.

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