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Aamir Khan's Dangal coach compares WFI to mule on social media, faces legal action

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346   //    15 Sep 2017, 14:32 IST

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Kripa Shankar Bishnoi (left) coached Aamir Khan for Dangal


What's the story?

Controversy erupted as Aamir Khan's real life coach for his film Dangal, Kripa Shankar Bishnoi, was slapped a legal notice for a social media post. He had posted an image on his personal Facebook account, comparing the Wrestling Federation of India to a mule.


In the post, he said stated that in the Rann of Kachch region of Gujarat, there is a unique creature that is the mix of a horse and a donkey. He then added the WFI has made certain decisions regarding its rules that can be compared to the animal.

He explained how the United World Wrestling, the apex body of the sport, has made changes regarding its competition rules and that instead of one day, the same category events will spread over a period of two days. Also, he added that the number of categories has been increased as well, from eight to ten.

He then stated that in the nationals that will be held in Indore, the ten categories have been included but strangely, the other rules have not been implemented. He slammed the WFI for this strange decision and said that the players must also request the body to make the required changes.

In case you didn't know

Bishnoi is an Arjuna awardee and is a former professional wrestler and coach. He won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in 1994 and has three gold medals from the South Asian Games from 1995, 1999 and 2004.

He trained Aamir Khan, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra for the superhit film Dangal, which broke all sorts of box office records and won hearts of audiences all over the world.

The heart of the matter

The Wrestling Federation of India were displeased with the post and slapped a legal notice on Bishnoi, giving him a week to respond.

However, he confirmed that he has not replied to the notice yet.

What's next?

It remains to be seen when Bishnoi will reply to the notice and things will go from there. Additionally, another important point is whether the WFI will ensure the changes are added or not.

Author's take

It is startling to see such a renowned figure taking on the WFI in such a manner. His concerns are genuine and should be considered seriously.

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