Yogeshwar help for Bajrang

Wrestler Bajrang Kumar’s scuttled trip to the USA for a crucial competition was brought back on track by Olympic bronze-medallist Yogeshwar Dutt, who convinced SAI officials here on Friday to sanction his expenses for the Dave Schultz Memorial International Tournament in Colorado Springs.

Miffed at the treatment meted out to his “younger brother” Bajrang, London Olympics bronze-medallist Yogeshwar met Sports Authority of India Director General Jiji Thomson and SAI’s Teams Division head Rajinder Singh at the SAI headquarters.

He requested them to sanction Bajrang’s travel, boarding and lodging expenses. After his meeting with SAI officials in the afternoon, Thomson gave the go ahead for SAI to fund Bajrang’s expenses for the tournament. “I have sanctioned his trip. He can leave for the US whenever he wants to. Yogeshwar and Bajrang met me today and after a discussion with Rajinder Singh, I ordered that his funds should be immediately released,” Thomson said.

“We have also suspended a key project officer Satish Rana for allegedly tampering with the official document pertaining to Indian wrestling team’s tour to the USA. We have initiated a detailed internal inquiry against him. He has claimed that he did it on the instructions of Wrestling Federation of India. We have enough documentary evidences against him to prove him guilty,” he added.

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