I was not scared of trials, will come back: Aware

I was not scared of trials, will come back: Aware

Gold medalist India's Rahul Aware during the medal ceremony of men's freestyle 57kg wrestling final at the Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast. (PTI Photo)

It was nothing but the risks associated with a surgery that forced him to miss the wrestling trials for the Asian Games, said Commonwealth Games gold medallist Rahul Aware, who also asserted that he is not scared of anyone and will come back for the World Championship trials.

It was on the insistence of Aware that the Wrestling Federation of India had delayed the re-trials in the 57kg category and scheduled it for June 26, but the Maharashtra wrestler's old left-knee problem flared up days before the trials, and on his doctor's advise he gave it a miss.

An MRI scan, a copy of which is with PTI, revealed that there is a partial tear/strain in anterior cruciate ligament with minimum joint effusion, which has ruled him out of action for three weeks amid a perception that he missed the trials on purpose.

"Why would I miss trials when it was delayed on my request by the WFI. And I have a good record against all these wrestlers, I have beaten them a number of times, so why would I be scared of anyone. The doctor told me that it will be a risk if you compete and if anything goes wrong, it will require surgery to heal, that's why I had to miss trials," Aware told PTI from Bengaluru.

"There is always a tight contest between me and Amit Dahiya but I have a superior record against all wrestlers who appeared in trials on Tuesday. There was no competition for me."

"And it took me 10 long years to win a CWG gold medal, I felt ready for Asian Games, so why would I miss it?," he asked.

Aware though felt his was a genuine case for exemption.

"If I had no quality, I would not have endured such a long period."

Sandeep Tomar, in an exciting battle, prevailed over Utkarsh Kale to clinch the 57kg spot in the Indian men's squad for the Asian Games, scheduled in Indonesia from August 18 to September 2.

The 26-year-old said after three-week rehabilitation, he will begin practice and strive to make the Indian squad for the World Championship in the 61kg category.

"I have told WFI president that I would compete for Worlds and he said okay. So I will come back and fight for a place in the 61kg category," Aware, also a bronze medallist at the 2011 Tashkent Asian Championship, said.

The WFI has planned the World Championship trials in three categories (61kg, 65kg and 74kg) after the Asian Games.

Wrestlers like Utkarsh Kale and Ravi Kumar, who could not clear the trials for the 57kg category for Asian Games, are also expected to fight for a place on the Worlds in 61kg.

The World Championship is scheduled to be held in Budapest from October 20 to 28.