New Delhi: The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), in a surprising turn of events was forced to impose a life ban on wrestler Satender for punching a referee after losing his bout. The wrestler on Tuesday was competing in the 125 kg freestyle category during the Commonwealth Games selection trials, when he lost his game to opponent Mohit. Satender in frustration, stormed across the mat and punched the referee.
"WFI president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, who was present at the venue for the trials, took immediate action against Satender and suspended him for life," Vinod Tomar, assistant secretary of the WFI told Sports Tak.
Due to Satender's intervention at the mat, the 57 kg bout between Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Ravi Kumar Dahiya and Aman was also stopped for a brief period.
Notably, the likes of Tokyo Olympic medalists Ravi Kumar Dahiya and Bajrang Punia were not handed direct entry to the Commonwealth Games and rather were asked to go through trials. The two stars were given byes to the semi-final stages of their respective weight categories.
With inputs from IANS