Tokyo wrestler Byrang Punia received his first dose of COVID-19 vaccine after joining the national camp at the Indian Sports Authority’s (SAI) center in Sonepat
The elite wrestler up to 65 kg recently won gold at the Matteo Pellicone event in Rome, where he showed an improvement in the defense of his leg.
“I followed the procedure set out for the average person. I had registered for it. I feel good, there was a slight headache and heaviness after I shot, but now I’m perfectly fine,” Byrang told PTI.
The 27-year-old also expressed shock at the tragic death of his daughter-in-law, wrestler Ritika Fogat, Geeta’s maternal sister and Babita Fogat.
Byrang is married to Sangeta Fogat, a paternal cousin of Babita and Geeta.
“I’m surprised how such a young girl decides to take such a drastic step. She comes from a family of fighters. Not that there were no people to keep her motivated. She was surrounded by the right people.
“I don’t understand. It’s really sad for the family. Defeat is part of the fight. How can anyone take their life that way,” said Bajrang, one of four Indian wrestlers to qualify for the Tokyo Games. .
Ritika, 17, allegedly committed suicide after losing her fight during a tournament in Bharatpur.
Police suspect that the defeat in the tournament could be the reason for the drastic step taken by the fighter.