Friday, September 23, 2022

My fractured skull was bandaged by UWW medical professionals: Bajrang Punia

UWW doctors used bandage for knee-ankle injuries on my injured skull: Bajrang Punia

NEW DELHI: Bajrang Punia on Thursday accused the Assembled World Wrestling's (UWW) mat specialists for crashing his Big showdowns crusade after they applied the wrap intended to safeguard lower leg and knee on the grappler's harmed skull, which hindered his vision and made him cognizant about the taping falling off during sessions. 

Bajrang, who won his record fourth decoration (men's 65kg classification) at the Universes in Belgrade, informed that he needed to change the swathe after each session for the anxiety toward blood emerging from his injury and the match ref granting his rival a walkover.

"The gauze applied to cover my harmed skull was the one used to tape a harmed knee or lower leg. They didn't have the legitimate taping with them to cover my skull. I hadn't trimmed my hair or shaved for the Universes. In this way, when I eliminated the wrap after my pre-quarterfinal session against Cuba's Alejandro Valdes Tobier in the warm-up region, it removed my hair from the scalp and facial hair region. It was excruciating and left me with a tingling sensation. It took me no less than 15-20 minutes to change the wrap for my next session against USA's Yianni Diakomihalis, which I lost on specialized predominance. Mentors and I lost a ton of time attempting to get the taping off my face. The whole spotlight was on eliminating the wrap. We were unable to make arrangements for the quarterfinal session," Bajrang told TOI in a meeting.

"The gauze was hindering my vision as it was moving down my eyes. It was dangerous and upset my cadence and power during sessions. I lacked opportunity and willpower to let the specialists know that the taping they were applying was not right. In the event that a grappler gets harmed during the session, he/she has a period of four minutes to get back to the activity and battle, else the ref will preclude you or grant your rival a walkover. I had the gauze cover for each session straight up to winning the bronze, however it was a seriously moving errand to supplant it with another taping after each match. Had the injury not occurred, I would have absolutely fared better at the Universes. The planning was strong and everything revolved around executing it. The outcomes didn't come according to assumptions," he added.

The Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist had experienced a profound cut on his skull which should have been taped intensely to control the draining during his session against Tobier. The reigning CWG champion beat Tobier 5-4 in a nail-gnawing challenge, however later lost to Diakomihalis 10-0 in the quarters. After the American arrived at the last round, Bajrang battled his direction through repechage to win bronze.

"I have five join on my skull and it will require something like 10 days for the slice to mend. The thought was to keep any serious injury from happening like on account of knee, lower leg or the joint which requires an excruciating a medical procedure and a long recovery process," he said.

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