Yogeshwar has been advised to pull out of the men's 65kg freestyle category after doctors at the venue did not find him 100 per cent fit. The WFI now doesn't wish to risk aggravating his injury.

"He does not have a major injury, just a niggling one but as a precaution, he has been advised against participating in the World Championship. He should not aggravate his injury. And since there are four more qualification tournaments left before the Olympics, it is not wise to take risk," said a top official in the WFI.

The London Olympic bronze medallist had suffered a knee injury some time back but he had claimed that he got the required treatment and was fully fit to take part in the World Championship.

He has been asked to take complete rest and also undergo another knee operation. Asked why Yogeshwar was sent to the USA when he was not 100 per cent fit, the WFI official said that the 32-year-old had assured the federation that he was in good shape and would be able to participate in the tournament.

"Before leaving for the USA, he had recovered from his knee injury and was more than 90 per cent fit. He was expected to be fully fit before his bout, which is scheduled on September 10. But since there is now a chance of that he might cause further damage to his knee if he takes part, it has been decided to pull him out of the tournament."

The official also said that the WFI President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh wants a replacement in 65kg category but since there is not enough time, the USA embassy has not given any appointment date for a visa interview to another wrestler.

"In place of Yogeshwar, Amit Dhankar could have represented India in 65kg category but the embassy has not given any appointment date for visa interview to the wrestler as there is not enough time now," said the official.

It is learnt that Dhankar had earlier complained about Yogeshwar being not fully fit. Meanwhile, WFI secretary general Raj Singh said it was not a big concern as in the last Olympics, the Indian wrestlers had qualified at the later events and not at the World Championship.

"Yogeshwar should focus on his recovery first. He will get many more tournaments to qualify for Olympics. In last few Olympics also, our wrestlers did not book berths in the first qualification event itself but at later events. So we have enough time to qualify," said Raj Singh.

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