Wrestler Bajrang Punia, upset by the defeat in World Wrestling, said – God knows why the doctors did this to me…


Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia has won a bronze medal in World Wrestling.
Bajrang started bleeding in his head in his first match.
The doctors had taped his head, for which the wrestler was worried.

New Delhi: Olympic medalist Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia is miffed with the ‘stiff tape’ used by doctors for his head injury during his World Championship quarter-final bout against America’s John Michael Diakomihalis. Bajrang said on Thursday that after using the tape, he found it difficult to concentrate on his matches. Bajrang, who is trying to win his first title in the World Cup, started bleeding in the first minute of his opening match against Cuba’s Alejandro Enrique Valdes Tobier due to a head injury.

The doctors there applied ‘stiff tape’ over his injury, which is actually used to immobilize the knee and ankle. Usually tennis and basketball players use such tapes. Let us tell you that on returning to India today, wrestler Bajrang Punia was warmly welcomed at the airport.

Bajrang said in an interview to the agency, “God knows why the doctors did this? I had a lot of trouble with this because the hair on my head got stuck in the tape. He pasted the tape on the wound without using cotton. I had to cut my hair at one place to remove the tape. It took more than 20 minutes to remove it.” He said, “Instead of planning a strategy against the American wrestler, my team and I were busy getting rid of the tape. I had 20-25 minutes between two bouts and all that time was spent removing the tape.

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Doctors should have pasted light tape on the injury: Bajrang
Bajrang’s personal physio Dr. Anand Dubey said that ideally the doctors should have used light adhesive tape. He said, “The hard tape causes swelling in the head. Due to this, there is pain in the head of the person. You know how wrestlers put their hands on the opponent’s head. So we decided to remove it and apply a light adhesive tape.” Bajrang was knocked out of the gold medal race after losing to the American player by technical superiority. However, she later won the bronze medal through the repechage round.

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