New Delhi: Indian wrestling receives another bad news when Greco-Roman wrestler Gurpreet Singh was disqualified in the World Olympic Qualifying Tournament on Friday. The ongoing tournament is the last qualifying event for the Olympics and the top two finishers in each weight category here are assured of quota places at Rio Games.
Gurpreet Singh was found overweight by 500gms during the weight-ins for the 75kg category in Istanbul. Singh become the second Indian Wrestler to be disqualified from the qualification event after Vinesh Phogat(48kg) was disqualified for being overweight by 400gms at the first World Qualification event in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
Wrestling Federation of India has already issued a show-cause notice to Gurpreet for shaming the country in front of the top officials of the united World Wrestling.
Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) assistant secretary, Vinod Tomar said, "Gurpreet was found overweight by 500gm, so he was disqualified from the competition."
"After the team returns to India, a meeting will be held and stern action will be taken against Gurpreet. The coaches, cannot not be blamed for this as they tried their best to get Gurpreet into shape but he remained defiant," said Tomar.
"Gurpreet has wasted the government's money. He has been training in Georgia for a month now and maintaining weight is a part of training. But he has let the Federation as well the country down”.
The Indian men's freestyle and Greco-Roman teams had been training at Tbilisi, Georgia for almost a month before leaving for Istanbul.