Deepak Punia pulls out of Poland Open due to elbow injury

Warsaw: Olympic-bound Indian wrestler Deepak Punia on Tuesday pulled out of the Poland Open here to avoid aggravating his left-elbow injury that he carried into the last Ranking Series event before the Tokyo Games.
Punia was to take the mat for the 86kg event but forfeited his quarterfinal against American Zahid Valencia.
It has been learnt that the 2019 World Championships bronze-winner had suffered the injury two-three days before leaving for Warsaw during practice.
“It’s a minor injury, there is nothing to worry about. He sustained it while practising in India. We just did not want to aggravate the injury. The Federation was kept in the loop. He is still practising, so there is nothing worrisome,” national coach Jagmander Singh told PTI.
Singh also dismissed suggestion that it was a made-up injury to get a specific draw at the Olympics.
“Nothing like that. We are not looking that much ahead,” he said.
The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) confirmed the sequence of events.
“Yes, we had given him a choice. We do not want to put pressure on wrestlers, Olympics are near, so no point in taking risks,” said WFI Assistant Secretary Vinod Tomar.
Punia will remain with the team till July 5 for the training camp that has been organised by the Polish Federation.

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