Bajrang Punia receives UK visa for CWG 2022, to train in USA ahead of mega event-Sports News , Firstpost

The Indian wrestler was supposed to travel to the University of Michigan in the United States last month to train ahead of the CWG in Birmingham, but was forced to stay in India due to a delay in getting his British visa.

Bajrang Punia receives UK visa for CWG 2022, to train in US ahead of mega event

File image of Bajrang Punia wearing the bronze medal around his neck after beating Daulet Niyazbekov in the men’s 65kg category during the Tokyo Olympics. PA

New Delhi: Indian star wrestler Bajrang Punia has received his British visa for the upcoming Commonwealth Games, which will allow him to leave for the United States for a training stay there before the CWG in Birmingham, the Sports announced on Saturday Authority of India (SAI).

Since he will be going for the CWG directly from his training base in the United States, it would have been difficult for Bajrang to complete the UK visa formalities later. Now that he got his UK visa, Bajrang can train in the US without any worries.

The 28-year-old Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist was due to travel to the University of Michigan in the US last month to train ahead of CWG Birmingham but was forced to stay in India in due to a delay in obtaining his British visa.

“The Department of Sport, through the Department of External Affairs, has approached the British High Commission to apply for the British visa for Bajrang, which has now been obtained,” a press release from SAI said.

The CWG will be held in Birmingham from July 28 to August 8.

On several occasions, the MEA has assisted the Ministry of Sports in obtaining visas for athletes traveling overseas for competition and training prior to the CWG.

Bajrang, who won gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, and fellow wrestler Deepak Punia will now depart for the United States this weekend from India. They will train at the University of Michigan until July 30, after which they will both depart for Birmingham.

The Ministry of Sports’ TOPS (Target Olympic Podium Scheme) program facilitated the exhibition trip. The training stay in the United States will be useful for the preparation of the CWG and other major competitions to come such as the World Wrestling Championship, scheduled for September in Belgrade.

A total of 111 foreign exhibitions in various sports were funded by the Ministry of Sports after the Tokyo Olympics in anticipation of the CWG.

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