KARACHI: Mohammad Inam, the country’s premier wrestler and world beach wrestling hero, received a heavy blow when he failed to get a visa for France, meaning he will miss Beach Wrestling World Series to be held in Saint-Laurent-du-Var on July 16 and 17. .
“Yes, we made an effort but we couldn’t get a visa to France for Inam for various reasons,” Pakistan Wrestling Federation (PWF) secretary Arshad Sattar told ‘The News on Sunday. ‘.
‘The News’ has learned that the French Embassy is issuing visas online following anti-France protests in Pakistan. However, sport does not fall under the category of emergencies.
The PWF contacted United World Wrestling (UWW) but nothing could be done to obtain a visa for Inam.
However, this correspondent learned that Inam, winner of the 2017 and 2018 World Beach Wrestling Championships held in Turkey and gold medalist of the 2019 Doha World Beach Games, would get points despite the absence of the series in France.
The development left Inam shocked. “It’s really shocking,” Inam told ‘The News’ Sunday from Gujranwala where he is training. “I have worked really hard over the past two months since the event was announced. I left four wrestling events in the mud where I could have won around 2 million rupees, ”he said.
“I reduced my weight by 16 kg for the France event because my weight had reached 106 kg. I kept training tight and I was at the best pace, ”said a downcast Inam.
“I had made an excellent preparation and I was very confident. Now I am going to have to plan again and it will take a few days. I’m going to think about it and refresh my mind and my focus, ”he said.
Inam was not aware of his visa status when he was called by this correspondent on Sunday. “Now the problem is that I lost 25% chance of winning the title if I miss the event in France,” he said.
Following the event in France, a series will be held in Italy from September 3-4, followed by one in Greece from September 10-11. The final series will take place in Romania from September 25-26, which will also be the crowning glory.
Besides Inam (-90 kg), Youth Olympic Games bronze medalist Inayatullah (70 kg) and a few other grapplers in the 80 kg and +90 kg are lined up in the remaining series.
“Yes, if we are able to add more wrestlers, a suitable camp will be set up,” Arshad said.
Inam is considered the most dangerous beach grappler in the world. And he showed it in his previous world events where he toppled the world’s greats.