Sports Ministry Funds Wrestler Vinesh Phogat’s Bulgarian High Altitude Training Camp

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Last Updated: November 16, 2022, 16:24 IST

Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat (Twitter Image)

Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat (Twitter Image)

Vinesh Phogat will undergo high-altitude training in Belmeken, Bulgaria, situated approximately 2600m above sea level. Funding for the same is being provided under SAI’s Target Olympic Podium scheme

Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) has approved wrestler Vinesh Phogat’s proposal to train in Belmeken, Bulgaria, a High Altitude training area situated approximately 2600m above sea level.

Vinesh, who is accompanied by her physio Ashwini Patil, is training under former Olympic Silver medallist Serafim Barzakov at the camp which is going to last for 19 days (7-26 November 2022).

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The international camp is also expected to have other top wrestlers such as Bilyana Dudova (2021 World Championship Gold medallist), and Evelina Nikolova (2020 Olympic Bronze medallist) among many other prominent wrestlers.

Funding for the same is being provided under the Sports Authority of India’s (SAI) Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS). It would cover Vinesh and her physio’s flight, accommodation, local travel, and food costs among others. TOPS will also provide her an out-of-pocket allowance of $50 per day for any other expense she might incur.

Meanwhile, TOPS is also set to financially assist Tokyo Olympic Bronze Medallist Bajrang Punia in taking part in the Bill Farrell International Wrestling Championship, which will be held in New York, USA from 18-19th November 2022.

The competition would give Bajrang a chance to compete against some of the prominent and upcoming wrestlers in the USA, who were one of the best Wrestling nations in Men’s freestyle events at the recently concluded 2022 World Wrestling Championships.

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