“Instead of strategizing against the American wrestler, my team and I were busy getting rid of the tapes,” he said. I had 20-25 minutes between the two matches and all that time was spent removing the tapes.’ His personal physio Dr. Anand Dubey from Bajrang said that ideally the doctors should have used a light adhesive tape.
Olympic medalist Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia is upset over the “hard tape” used by doctors for a head injury during his World Championships quarter-final match against America’s John Michael Diakomihalis. Bajrang said on Thursday that he found it difficult to concentrate on his match after using the tape. Bajrang, who was trying to clinch his maiden World Cup title, started bleeding in the very first minute of his opening match against Cuba’s Alejandro Enrique Vlades Tobier in Belgrade due to a head injury.
The doctors there put ‘hard tape’ over his injury, which is actually used to immobilize the knee and ankle. Usually tennis and basketball players use such tapes. Bajrang said in an interview to ‘PTI-Bhasha’, “God knows why did he do this? This caused me a lot of trouble because the hair on my head was stuck in the tape. He pasted the tape on the wound without using cotton. I had to cut my hair at one point to remove the tape. It took more than 20 minutes to remove it.
“Instead of strategizing against an American wrestler, my team and I were busy getting rid of the tapes,” he said. I had 20-25 minutes between the two bouts and all this time was spent removing the tape.” His personal physio Dr. Anand Dubey from Bajrang said that ideally doctors should have used a light adhesive tape. . “The hard tape causes swelling in the head. This also causes pain in the head of the person. You know how wrestlers put their hands on the opponent’s head. So we decided to remove it and put on a light adhesive tape.”
Bajrang crashed out of the gold medal race after losing to the American player by technical superiority. He, however, later won the bronze medal through the repechage round. Bajrang, the only Indian wrestler to have won four world medals, said he did not expect to lose on technical superiority to Diyakomihalis. “I lost 10-9 to this wrestler in 2019. I am not saying that I would have defeated him easily, but I was hoping for at least a close fight. First, the head injury and then this tape issue really bothered me.”
Bajrang defeated Vazhen Tevanyan of Armenia 7-6 in the repechage round to beat Puerto Rico’s Sebastian C Rivera 11-9 in the bronze play-off. Bajrang, however, did not appear to be in full swing during his campaign. He allowed the opposing wrestlers to score a lot of points and won most of the matches after falling behind. Terming it as worrying, Bajrang’s coach Sujit Mann said, “There are some areas where Bajrang needs to improve and ‘leg defence’ is one of them. I have no complaints about his strength, speed and aggressive manner. But you can’t let go of your foot so easily.
“The competition in the World Championship and the Olympics is almost the same. It is more difficult at 65kg. You must have seen that Haji Alive (Azerbaijan) is an Olympic medalist but has returned empty-handed from Belgrade.” Bajrang, however, is satisfied with his performance. “When you attack, you have to be prepared to lose some points. If I have lost points, I have made more than that. You can keep the other player from taking points by being on the defensive but I believe in aggressive play to score points myself.
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