Wrestler Sonika Kaliraman protests selection process for C'wealth Games

     The award-winning woman wrestler, Sonika Kaliraman, led a protest demonstration in the national capital on Monday alleging that the selection procedure of woman wrestlers for the upcoming Commonwealth Games has been unfair. “Talent is aplenty in the wrestling ring of our country. Every wrestler is challenging the federation for the open trial. Everybody wants to be part of the (Commonwealth) Games. Why is the government or federation afraid of an open trial? Why are they shying away from the challenge?" said Kaliraman. Kaliraman has moved Delhi High Court alleging unfair selection modes by the Wrestling Federation of India for the Games. “They (officials) had been demanding money from me. When they came to know that Sonika is going to approach the court, they kicked me out of team unnecessarily, without giving me any reason,” she added. Kaliraman, in her career, has won 16 titles at the national level and participated in various international events. She secured third position at the Dave Schultz International Wrestling Tournament, US, in 2002.

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