Indian Wrestler Bajrang Punia, who secured the bronze medal in the World championship a couple of days ago, has spoken about how his head injury made things difficult for him.
The 28-year-old wrestler from Jhajjar also opened up about how felt after missing on his dearest, the super shiny gold medal.
The Commonwealth Games gold medalist has achieved a lot in wrestling over the years. And after grasping another World Championship medal, he became the only Indian grappler to win four medals on the World stage.
Bajrang lost to Pan-American champion John Diakomihalis in the quarter-finals by technical superiority. Indian Wrestler Punia suffered a deep cut against Cuba’s Alejandro Enrique Vlades Tobier, but he managed to clinch trilling the win by 5-4. This wound was really serious and it required to be covered quickly. And with Negligence, the wrong bondage was used.
The Indian Wrestler, later on, criticised the United World Wrestling’s (UWW) mat doctors for derailing his World Championships campaign. The mat referees who were provided from the side of UWW applied the bandage meant to protect the ankle and knee on the wrestler’s injured and bleeding skull.
As a result of the wrong first-aid Bajrang Punia’s vision for blocked and it made him conscious about the taping coming off during bouts. He also added that at times while fighting, he felt like anytime the blood can come out.
What does Bajrang Punia really say?
“I have five stitches on my skull and it will take around 10 days for the cut to heal. The idea was to prevent any serious injury from happening like in the case of knee, ankle or the joint which requires a painful surgery and a long rehabilitation process,” he said.
Then, he was asked about how did his head Injury affect him in the World Championship.
“A lot was happening when I got injured. We had roughly 20 minutes to clean up and control the bleeding. Normally it would have needed a few stitches but then you run the risk of disqualification as the wound may open up again in about” Punia added.
He also added that Dr Anand Kumar, his physiotherapist requested his wound to get taped. And then, the main problem was that they used a rigid tape that’s used for Ankles and knees.
He said that the tape didn’t impact his wrestling performance but it needed to be changed as it was all over his hair and beard. He concluded by saying that he was not saying that he would have won the gold medal surely, but the injury did surely slow him down.