Bajrang Punia has acquired his UK visa for the upcoming Commonwealth Games.© AFP
Star Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia has acquired his UK visa for the upcoming Commonwealth Games, which is able to permit him to depart for the United States for a coaching stint there forward of the Birmingham CWG, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) mentioned on Saturday. Since, he’ll go for the CWG instantly from his coaching base within the United States, it could have been troublesome for Bajrang to finish the UK visa formalities later. Now that he has bought his UK visa, Bajrang can practice within the US with none nervousness.
The 28-year-old Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist was purported to journey to the Michigan University within the US final month for coaching forward of the Birmingham CWG however was pressured to remain again in India as a consequence of a delay in getting his UK visa.
“The Sports Ministry, through the Ministry of External Affairs, got in touch with the British High Commission to seek the UK Visa for Bajrang, which has now been obtained,” a SAI media launch mentioned.
The CWG will likely be held in Birmingham from July 28 to August 8.
On a number of events, the MEA has helped the Sports Ministry in acquiring visa of athletes touring overseas for competitors and coaching forward of the CWG.
Bajrang, who received gold within the 2018 Commonwealth Games, and fellow wrestler Deepak Punia will now depart for US this weekend from India. They will practice on the Michigan University till July 30, following which each will depart for Birmingham.
The Sports Ministry’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) has facilitated the publicity journey. The coaching stint within the USA will likely be useful for the preparation of the CWG and different upcoming main competitions just like the Wrestling World Championship, scheduled in September in Belgrade.
A complete of 111 international exposures in numerous sports activities have been funded by the Sports Ministry after Tokyo Olympics within the lead as much as CWG.
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