Following Odisha's footsteps in empowering the country's athletes, the Uttar Pradesh government has adopted Indian wrestling until the 2032 Brisbane Olympics.
As per reports, the state is expected to invest ₹170 crore in building infrastructure and extend adequate support to the wrestlers. Cadet-level wrestlers would also benefit from the sponsorship along with the elite wrestlers.
Wrestling Federation of India president Brijbhushan Sharan Singh shared that they had taken inspiration from the developments related to Hockey and approached the Yogi Adityanath government to provide similar assistance to the sport.
"In our proposal, we have asked for ₹10 crore support every year till the 2024 Games (₹ 30 crore) and in the next Olympic cycle till 2028, we have asked for a support of ₹15 crore per year (₹60 crore) and in the final phase till 2032, it is ₹20 crore per year (₹ 80 crore)," Singh said, reported India Today.
Singh said that the state government's backing will enable the cadet-level wrestlers to get sponsorships as well as exposure trips to foreign countries. The federation will be able to reward even the national champions thereby boosting their morale.
He mentioned that till now only the senior and elite-level wrestlers had personal coaches and could benefit from guidance of foreign coaches but the government's assistance would expand the horizon for cadet and junior wrestlers enabling them to take wrestling to the next level.
Answering a question on whether the deal would stay if there is a change in leadership in the coming years, Singh said that cabinet decisions will continue to be followed and it will remain 'a UP government project'.
Assistance From Private NGOs With A Condition
Singh stated that private NGOs like OGQ and JSW need to stay transparent with the Wrestling Federation and should not indulge in 'secret deals' with the wrestlers.