Bajrang Punia Denounce Doctor’s Decision to Use ‘Rigid Tape’ On His Bleeding Head, Just Before the Quarter-Final Clash
Punia claimed that he could have given a tough fight to John Michael Diakomihalis if it wasn’t for a bleeding skull injury and tapping issue.
Indian freestyle wrestler, Bajrang Punia, who created history at the World Wrestling Championships after becoming the first Indian wrestler to win four medals, recently opened up about the head injury that he suffered in one of his bouts against Cuba’s Alejandro Enrique Vlades Tobier in Belgrade.
The star wrestler confessed how the head injury just before the quarter-final clash against USA’s John Michael Diakomihalis during the World Championship, hampered his focus on the game to a great extent.
Punia further shared how the on-spot doctors immediately rushed to the mat after the injury and applied a ‘rigid tape’ on his bleeding head. The star wrestler denounced the decision of doctors to use rigid tape on a bleeding injury and mentioned that rigid tape is often used to stabilize the knee and ankle after major injuries and is mostly used by players of tennis or basketball.
The freestyle Indian wrestler further took a dig at the on-site medical team and blamed them for his defeat. The 28-year-old wrestler revealed how, instead of focusing on the tactical moves and strategies against the American wrestler, John Michael Diakomihalis, Punia and his team were struggling to remove the rigid tape from his head.
Punia revealed that it took him almost 20-25 minutes to get the tape off his injury because the doctors had applied it directly to the bleeding wound of the Indian wrestler without using a cotton.
“God knows why they did that? It caused irritation because my hair was getting pulled as it had stuck on my head. They did not even put cotton on the wound and directly applied the tape. I had to cut my hair from a certain spot to get rid of that. It took me almost 20 minutes to remove that.” Bajrang said after losing the bout to USA’s wrestler.
Dr. Anand Dubey, Punia’s personal physio, reacted to the careless move by the on-site doctors and explained how a careless decision of applying a rigid tape on Punia’s bleeding skull could have endangered the wrestler’s life.
“The rigid tape can actually cause skull swelling because even a gentle touch would cause irritation and pull the hair. You know how wrestlers keep putting their hands on their rival’s head. So, we decided to remove that and applied a cohesive tape,” Dr Dubey said.
After losing the bout against USA’s wrestler John Michael Diakomihalis and stepping out of the gold medal race, Bajrang Punia said that losing the bout to Diakomihalis by technical superiority was something the wrestler could have never imagined.
The 28-year-old wrestler, hailing from Haryana, also claimed that he could have given a tough fight to John Michael Diakomihalis if it wasn’t for a bleeding skull injury and tapping issue.
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