New Delhi: The Indian wrestling contingent was left red-faced for a second time in the last 15 days after Gurpreet Singh became the latest to be disqualified from an Olympic qualification event for being overweight.
Gurpreet weighed 500gm more than what was stipulated to be eligible for the Greco-Roman 75kg category competition at ongoing 2nd World Qualifying tournament at Istanbul, Turkey, which is the last qualification event for the Rio Olympics.
At the previous qualifying event -- the 1st World Qualification tournament held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia last month -- Vinesh Phogat was disqualified for being overweight.
"Gurpreet was found overweight by 500gm, so he was disqualified from the competition," Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) Assistant secretary, Vinod Tomar told PTI.
The ongoing tournament in Istanbul is the last chance for wrestlers to secure Olympic quota places for their respective countries and WFI said Gurpreet's disqualification has cost India dearly as he simply wasted a weight category.
The WFI official said stern action will be taken against him but insisted that coaches are not to be blamed for the fiasco.
"After the team returns to India, a meeting will be held and stern action will be taken against Gurpreet. The coaches, however, cannot not be blamed for this as they tried their best to get Gurpreet into shape but he remained defiant," said Tomar.
The Indian Men's Freestyle and Greco-Roman teams have been training at Tbilisi, Georgia for almost a month now and the government has spent a lot on this exposure trip.
"Gurpreet has wasted the government's money. He has been training in Georgia for a month now and maintaining weight is a part of training. But he has let the Federation as well the country down. So, he would face suspension in all likelihood," said Tomar.
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