The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has challenged the NSF status granted to the Indian Style Wrestling Association of India (ISWAI) and has written to the sports ministry stating that the step was in violation of the Sports Code.

The Sports Ministry last month recognised ISWAI as a national federation for running the affairs of mud wrestling, the traditional style of the sport (Dangal).

The WFI argued that ISWAI does not fulfil the criteria laid out in the Sports Code 2011 and there can’t be two federations to manage one sport in the country.

“We don’t understand on what basis the ministry has recognised this association. We wrote to the ministry on March 23 regarding this. There can’t be two federations for one sport, it’s written in the sports code,” a WFI source privy to the matter told PTI.



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