Top Indian wrestlers including Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malikkh and Vinesh Phogat participated in the protest against Wrestling Foundation of India president Brij Bhushan Charan Singh and other officials. Ap
Indian wrestlers, on Friday, finally, decided Call off their three-day protest Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brij Bhushan against Sharan Singh, who has been accused of sexually harassing female athletes. On 18 January, as many as 30 prominent faces from the Indian wrestling circuit, including World Championship medalist Vinesh Phogat, Rio Olympic medalist Sakshi Malik and Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist Bajrang Punia, gathered at the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi to voice their grievances against Bhushan. the light
The grapplers demanded strict action against the accused and the removal of WFI chief Brij Bhushan from his post. Late Friday night, the government finally promised to address the issue, ending the protests. Since the protest has been called off, let’s take a look at the events that took place over these three days:
It was wrestler Vinesh Phogat who first stepped forward and accused Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. With tears in her eyes, Phogat revealed that at least 10-20 female athletes have confessed to her. sexual harassment By Brij Bhushan and WFI-appointed coaches at the National Camp. However, the 28-year-old clarified the fact that he had never encountered such a thing, saying that “a victim” was present with them at the Yantar Mantra. Note that Brij Bhushan He denied all the allegations against him. The BJP MP told news agency ANI that he would “surrender himself” if any allegations were found to be true.
On the afternoon of the second day, Vinesh’s cousin and BJP MP Babita Phogat reached the protest site with a message, assuring the wrestlers that the government would meet their demands. A group of elite wrestlers held a meeting with Union Sports Minister Anurag Tagore for over three hours in an attempt to resolve the issue, but proved to be inconclusive.
A few politicians also came forward extending their support to the Indian wrestling fraternity. Reacting to the protests, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said he would not let them break their morale. On the other hand, Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda termed the incident as “unfortunate and shameful” and asserted, “Our players – the pride of the country – must protest on the streets today.”
Finally, there was a glimmer of hope when the government summoned the WFI president and asked him to respond to the allegations against him within 72 hours.
The Olympic Association, headed by PT Usha, A seven-member committee has been formed To look into the matter and investigate the complaint. Led by legendary boxer MC Mary Kom, the panel included some eminent sportspersons such as wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, archer Dola Banerjee and Weightlifting Federation of India president and IOA treasurer Sahdev Yadav. The wrestlers again met Anurag Tagore for the second round of discussions.
In contrast, the WFI chief called the protest a “dharna at Shaheen Bagh” and announced that he would not budge from his position. On Friday night, WFI sent its response to the ministry but Brij Bhushan His scheduled press appearance was cancelled. Rescheduling the presser, he said he would face the media on Sunday after the WFI emergency executive council meeting.
The second meeting with Tagore was fruitful. In a late-night announcement, the sports minister promised to set up an oversight committee to continue further investigating the matter.
It has been decided that a monitoring committee will be constituted and whose names will be announced tomorrow. The committee will complete its inquiry within 4 weeks and thoroughly investigate all the allegations leveled against the WFI and its chief: Union Sports Minister pic.twitter.com/lj7mvopveQ
— ANI (@ANI) January 20, 2023
Its members are expected to be announced on Saturday. Another task of the panel will be to evaluate the day-to-day operations of the WFI. He also announced that the committee will submit its report within a month.