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New Delhi: The Wrestling Federation of India is extending its professional approach and transparency in working to hiring of professional support staff for the national teams in all three categories – Men’s Freestyle, Greco Roman and the women’s team. The WFI has invited applications for the posts of Physios, Nutritionist/ Dietician, Masseurs and Mental Conditioning Coaches in all the three categories. The WFI will also hire a professional manager for the national team. The WFI has already become the first Olympic sports federation in the country to offer annual contracts to the leading wrestlers across all age categories, including stipends for select grassroots players. The WFI is also the only sports body in India outside cricket to ensure financial security to its leading athletes. Now the WFI has initiated another major step in bringing in thorough professionalism in the teams’ functioning and operations. The support staff hiring will be done in a professional and transparent manner. Speaking about professionals hiring, WFI President Brijbhushan Sharan Singh said, “The federation has decided to hire professionals with a view to bring in more professionalism in teams’ functioning and operations and also ascertain accountability for individual and teams’ performances. These hirings are aimed at preparing the players with a focus on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. These trained hands will closely work with the players at the Olympic preparatory camps in run-up to the Tokyo 2020 Games. Experienced physiotherapist, biomechanics coach, mental conditioning trainer, and nutritionist will be accompanying the wrestlers buttressed with exposure trips abroad, ensuring world-class preparations for each of the Indian grapplers. Sakshi Malik, 2016 Rio Olympics bronze winner, looked upbeat with the WFI plans. “The new coaches already working with the team and now the news of the induction of professional support staff is a very significant move. This was a much-needed aspect of development and seamless training. I am happy that their presence will help and aid us to recover faster and train in more scientific ways,” she said. The wrestling contingent has already got their foreign coaches. Hossein Karimi from Iran is working with the Free Style team, Andrew Cook from USA is coaching the Women’s team and Temo Kazarashvili from Georgia is honing the skills of the Greco Roman boys. WFI is the only federation after BCCI to adopt such a measure, with the single goal to provide world-class preparatory competitions for each of the Indian grapplers on the roadmap to the 2020 Olympics.