A Tarn Taran-based wrestler, Jaskawarbir Singh Gill, could not represent India in an international men’s freestyle wrestling tournament as he didn’t agree to remove his ‘patka’ (a small piece of cloth worn by Sikhs, especially sportspersons).
It was Gill’s debut in the international arena as he was part of the India team for the Yasar Dogu Memorial Tournament, organised under the umbrella of United World Wrestling (UWW), in Istanbul, Turkey, between July 27 and 29, when this incident happened.
The Ministry of External Affairs has taken cognisance of the instance and a report has been sought from the Indian Ambassador to Turkey.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj informed this while replying to the tweet of SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday.
According to international wrestling rules, the players are allowed to wear only that headgearr which doesn’t harm opponent during the bout.
It was probably for the first time that a Sikh wrestler supporting fully grown hair was taking part in an international wrestling tournament.