Bajrang Punia questions the bias of referees favouring powerful wrestling countries. The wrestling star Bajrang Punia has come down heavily on referees and judges of World Wrestling championship calling them 'cheats and highly discriminatory'. "I missed Gold because referees were cheats. I had clearly won the semi-final bout. And our decision to go for the challenge was right but the referees and organisers were biased and discriminatory and I would say in simple words, cheats," Bajrang told Republic TV after his return from World Wrestling Championship.
Bajrang Punia, who excelled his own record of bagging maximum medals at the World Championship, was not happy at all. "This has been going on for many years. The marginal points always go in favour of traditional powerhouses of World Wrestling. And the clear cut bias can be seen every time. It's high time wrestling be made more transparent with clear rules and regulations. At the moment, its heavily loaded in favour of some the Middle East and East European countries. Not good for wrestling," he observed.
Bajrang, who got the Khel Ratna award but could not attend the ceremony due to World Championship, said he was honoured to get the award which should have come last year. "Just like getting the award a year late, I hope the rules favouring powerful wrestling countries also change, "I missed gold because of these policies and I can never forgive and forget that," he added. Bajrang said he would like to strengthen his legs and his game would further improve. "Yes, there is one area of development. Olympics is my target now. Will train to the extreme to improve and go all out to bag a medal at the Olympics. I cannot assure you the colour of the medal but yes its coming in Tokyo. Bajrang Punia assures you that," thundered the triple World Championship medallist.
Bajrang, who has won maximum medals for India in men's category like PV Sindhu has won in women's category across all sports, is World number one in 65 kg category. "Without a World Championship gold and Olympic medal, the journey won't be complete," he noted. He has a unique record of winning back to back Commonwealth Games and Asian Games gold medals in 2018 after winning silver medals in their previous edition in 2014. He won two gold medals in Commonwealth Championship and a staggering five medals including two gold and a silver in Asian Championship. Bajrang also endorsed Wrestling Federation of India president, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh's proposal to make Wrestling 'the national game'. "Which other sport in India is giving international medals in heaps on a consistent basis? Wrestlers are second to none and wrestling deserves to be declared as national sports."