Punia was to take the mat for the 86kg event but forfeited his quarter-final against American Zahid Valencia. It has been learned that the 2019 World Championships bronze-winner had suffered the injury two-three days before leaving for Warsaw during practice.
The capital city of Poland will host the last Ranking Series event before the Tokyo Games from 8-13 June, giving a chance to all to earn some crucial ranking points that will help them get a better draw at the Olympics.
Asian Wrestling Championships: Deepak Punia claims silver after losing to Iran's Hassan Yazdanicharati; Sanjeet wins bronze
Deepak lost his 86kg final inside the first period by technical superiority as the Iranian's relentless attacks had the clueless Indian gasping.
Anshu lost the gold medal bout 4-7 to Mongolia's Khongorzul Boldsaikhan while Sonam did not compete in the final due to an injury.
Ravi Dahiya and Jitender Kinha have also pulled out of the tournament.
Anshu, who is coming up from the junior ranks, clinched her third medal at the senior level from as many tournaments. She lost the gold medal bout 1-5 to Moldova's Anastasia Nichita on Wednesday night.
After Vinesh Phogat and Deepak Punia, Rahul Aware becomes 5th wrestler to test positive for COVID-19
Rahul Aware had won a bronze medal in the non-Olympic 61kg weight category at the World Championships in Nur-Sultan last year.
Besides the Olympic-bound Punia (86kg), the other two wrestlers who tested positive for the virus were Navin (65kg) and Krishan (125kg).
Besides the Olympic-bound Punia (86kg), the other two wrestlers who have tested positive for the virus are Navin (65kg) and Krishan (125kg). All three are part of a national camp at the SAI Centre in Sonepat ahead of which the wrestlers are in quarantine.
Vinesh Phogat to be nominated for Khel Ratna Award, Sakshi Malik hopes to be considered for Arjuna Award
Vinesh Phogat, who is the lone woman wrestler to have qualified for the now-postponed Tokyo Olympics, had missed out on the honour last year with fellow grappler Bajrang Punia getting the prestigious award.
Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek has pulled out as host for next month's Asian Olympic wrestling qualifying event as part of preventive measures against the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
Asian Wrestling Championships 2020 Review: Stars fizzle, upstarts sizzle as India end campaign with record haul
The latest edition of Asian Wrestling Championships in New Delhi, that ended on Sunday, saw India rack up a record haul of 20 medals across all three formats. Here are some key takeaways from the event.
Asian Wrestling Championships 2020: Jitender Kumar ensures place in team for Olympic qualifiers with silver medal
Jitender Kumar sealed his place in the Indian team for the Olympic Qualifiers with a silver medal at the Asian Championship here on Sunday, a result that could slam the Tokyo Games door on veteran Sushil Kumar
Asian Wrestling Championships 2020: Schedule, teams, venue, categories and everything you need to know about the event
After a successful 2019 that witnessed Bajrang Punia, Ravi Dahiya, Vinesh Phogat, and Deepak Punia shine at the World Championships, the attention now shifts to the Asian Wrestling Championships that begin in New Delhi on Tuesday (18 February).
Rome Ranking Series 2020: Bajrang Punia enters final and assures silver medal in 65kg; Deepak Punia bows out
In the quarter-final, Bajrang sailed past another American Joseph Christopher Mc Kenna 4-2, before getting the better of Vasyl Shuptar of Ukraine 6-4 in the semi-finals.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Jitender Kumar wins 74kg trial to qualify for season-opener in Italy, could replace Sushil Kumar at mega-event
Sushil had beaten Jitender in a bitterly-fought trials bout for the World Championships in September 2019
Sushil Kumar may get a chance to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics in March.
Deepak Punia emerges as brightest star in Indian wrestling; Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat rock steady in 2019
The established names lived up to expectations for most part but what stood out for Indian wrestling in 2019 was the rise and rise of Deepak Punia amid a steady decline in the fortunes of Olympic trailblazers Sushil Kumar and Sakshi Malik.
Punia, a 2016 cadet world champion, is putting in the hard yards under the watchful eyes of Beijing Olympics silver medallist and 2003 World championships silver medallist, Murad Gaidarov.
Deepak Punia claims world number 1 spot in 86 kg, Vinesh Phogat jumps to second place in latest UWW rankings
World Championship silver medallist wrestler Deepak Punia has jumped to world number one position in 86kg but Bajrang Punia lost the top rank in the 65kg category in the latest rankings issued by the UWW