Star wrestler Bajrang Punia on Monday determined to donate his six months wage in the direction of battle in opposition to COVID-19 pandemic and referred to as for postponement of Tokyo Olympics, saying the mega occasion will lose sheen if it goes forward within the absence of countries who’ve already pulled out. The 25-year-old Bajrang is one in every of India’s medal contenders on the Video games, that are below doubt as a result of coronavirus, which has claimed greater than 15000 lives and contaminated greater than 3,00,00zero folks worldwide.
Bajrang, the 2019 World Championship bronze medallist, works with the Railways as an officer on particular obligation (OSD).
“I’ve determined to donate my six months wage,” Bajrang tweeted and instantly earned reward from Sports activities Minister Kiren Rijiju, who stated it was a laudable effort.
Speaking to PTI, Bajrang stated, “Earlier than Olympics we’ve to battle Coronavirus. If scenario doesn’t enhance, and continues for 2-Three months, it is going to be completely alright to postpone the Olympics.”
“Whether it is held with Coronavirus persevering with to wreak havoc, plenty of nations is not going to ship their athletes. Already Canada and Australia have stated they will not ship their athletes. What is the level then.
“So it’s not simply India’s downside, it is a world concern, which must be tackled first,” he added.
Bajrang is coaching at an condo in Sonipat whereas his coach Shako Bentinidis has left for Georgia.
India’s international coach for ladies wrestlers Andrew Prepare dinner has additionally left for the US a couple of days in the past.
The Indian Olympic Affiliation (IOA) says it should determine the nation’s participation in about 4 weeks’ time.
The Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) is below great stress to postpone the Video games.
In the meantime, Vinesh Phogat , one other Indian medal contender on the Video games, says she has been coaching laborious and it doesn’t matter what she feels in regards to the postponement of the Video games.
“I’m at my residence and coaching has been good thus far. No matter I say, doesn’t matter,” she stated.