Samuels, Poonia duel to go on after February

Samuels’ coach Hayden Knowles said that the managers of the two athletes will work out a new date other than January 22 which was proposed by the Australian but rejected by the Indian. Knowles said the contest could be in March.

“We will do everything we can to find a date that suits them both. January 22 was the date proposed but it looks like it will not work for Krishna so we will be working towards possibly March depending on any schedule clashes.

 She has said she accepts the contest, she believes she will win,” Knowles said from Sydney.

“I have been in touch with Krishna and her husband via a manager based out of New York, we had great conversation and have agreed to work towards making this happen,” he added.

Knowles said Poonia would be welcome in Australia when the contest takes place.
“It is clear that Krishna dedicated her win to the whole of India and its people.

This obviously includes the 100,000 plus Indians who live in Sydney as people here already know who she is. They are a very proud culture. She will be welcomed here,” he said.

“At the moment we will let her focus on the Asian Games and we wish her well. Our contest is World Champion vs Commonwealth Champion. I hope she adds Asian champion next to her name also,” said Knowles.

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