Leading freestyle wrestler Bairang Punia, who injured his knee last week during a race in Russia, will need another week to get back on the mat, a WFI official said on Thursday.
“The injury to his knee is not that serious, but he will still not take the risk of going back to training on the mat. It will take at least a week before he starts training,” the WFI official told IANS on Thursday.
The 27-year-old wrestler with 65 kg freestyle qualifies for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, starting on July 23
On June 26, Haryana’s wrestler injured his right knee during a semifinal match of the Ali Aliyev annual wrestling competition in the Russian city of Kaspiysk.
“Punia’s physiology is working on the injured leg and he should be fit within a week and return to normal bed training. Since he injured his knee, he is following a routine upper body workout to maintain it. in shape “, added a WFI official.
Currently based outside the Russian city of Vladikavkaz, Punia is competing in the Ali Aliyev tournament as part of its preparations for the Olympics. But he injured his right knee in half of his semi-final match against Russian Abdulmazhid Kudiev.
After the injury, Punia expressed her inability to continue the fight and limped off the mat.
“The injury is not serious. He has to recover within a week,” Punia’s personal trainer Shako Bentinidis said after the injury.
This month, Punia and his coach had left for a short training stay in Vladikavkaz to prepare for the Olympic Games from July 23 to August 8. Punia missed the Polish standings, held in Warsaw from June 8th to 13th, to train with top Russian wrestlers as part of its preparations for the Olympics.