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Two Indian wrestlers stranded at Dubai airport on approach to Bishkek for Olympic qualifier


India’s Deepak Punia. File
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Deepak Punia and Sujeet Kalakal’s probabilities of qualifying for the Paris Olympics hit a roadblock as the 2 Kyrgyzstan-bound Indian wrestlers had been left stranded on the Dubai worldwide airport resulting from unprecedented rains within the gulf nation.

Deepak (86kg), who had come near profitable a medal on the Tokyo Games, and Sujeet (65kg), had been on their approach to Bishkek to take part within the Asia Olympic qualfiers, the second-last qualifying occasion for Paris Olympics, starting on April 19.

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However, the duo was left stranded on the Dubai airport after the heaviest recorded rainfall ever to hit the nation left main highways and roads flooded and one of many world’s busiest airports in a disarray.

The duo, accompanied by Russian coach Kamal Malikov and physio Shubham Gupta, has been compelled to sleep on the ground and has no entry to correct meals because of the rain-induced disaster.

Deepak and Sujeet have their weigh-in at 8am on Friday whereas the bouts are scheduled later within the day.

“They are stuck at the Dubai airport since April 16 and it seems the chance of qualifying for Paris Olympics is slipping out of their hands as they are scheduled to compete tomorrow. They are not getting any flights to Bishkek. I am worried about them,” Dayanand Kalakal, Sujeet’s father, instructed PTI.

Deepak and Sujeet had been coaching in Dagestan, Russia from April 2 to fifteen and determined to fly from Makachkala to Bishkek by way of Dubai.

The final likelihood to qualify for Paris shall be World qualifiers in Turkey in May.

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