New Delhi: WFI President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh told PTI that the Uttar Pradesh government has taken up the sport to promote Indian wrestling and is expected to invest Rs 170 crore for infrastructure and support to wrestlers by the 2032 Olympics. . The top boss of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) said that he took inspiration from the Odisha government’s support for the game of hockey and approached the UP government for similar support for his sport.
“Odisha is a small state, yet they are supporting hockey in such a big way, so we thought, why can’t UP, which is such a big state, support wrestling. We contacted them and asked CM Yogi Adityanath. has accepted it,” Singh said. “In our proposal, we have sought support of Rs 10 crore every year till 2024 Games (Rs 30 crore) and in the next Olympic cycle till 2028, we have sought support of Rs 15 crore (Rs 60 crore) per year. And in the last phase till 2032, it is Rs 20 crore (Rs 80 crore) per year,” he said, explaining the details.
“With this happening, the sponsorship will not be limited to the elite wrestlers of the country. Even cadet level wrestlers will get sponsorship and we will be able to give prize money to the national champions as well.”
WFI had included Tata Motors as major sponsors of Indian wrestling in 2018, a partnership that gave it a financial support of Rs 12 crore, which allowed the federation to award central contracts to wrestlers until the Tokyo Games. It is learned that the partnership will be renewed with the new deal on Friday. The WFI president said the deal with the UP government would allow them to plan exposure trips abroad for cadet level wrestlers from India as well.
“As of now, only senior and elite level wrestlers have individual coaches and mentorship from foreign coaches. But we can also invest heavily in the training of our cadets and junior wrestlers. Now we are providing our cadet wrestlers with training and performance skills. We need to take wrestling to the next level.”
WFI already provides financial assistance to 60 junior (Rs 7500 per month stipend) and cadet (Rs 5000 per month) wrestlers. It remains to be seen whether after such a deal with the state government, WFI allows private NGOs like JSW and OGQ to support wrestling.
When asked about this, Singh said that the door is open but with one condition. “We didn’t really need them before. But if they want to support, they are welcome. We just want them to be transparent with WFI. They can’t do their secret deals with wrestlers. If they want to help, they can sit with us and work out a plan with us,” Singh said.
The WFI chief said that he sends wrestlers abroad for performance and training but he wants to create a system where top international wrestlers come to India and train here.
“Let me tell you that we will have state-of-the-art wrestling academies in India for both men and women. One academy in Lucknow will definitely come up and we hope to develop another one in Noida, where we will invite international players. Wrestlers come, stay with our wrestlers and train. I told CM that we want international wrestlers to come to India. This should help our Indian wrestlers. Why should they stay out all the time and stay away. We will give them the best possible fight. partner in India.”
Asked if there is an off guard at the state level in the coming years, will the deal remain?, Singh said, “The decisions of the cabinet will continue to be followed, irrespective of the leadership of the state government. Government project.”