The #MeToo battle between some of India’s most decorated wrestlers and Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh continues, with the Ministry of Sports also getting involved. While a 5-member oversight committee has been formed to run WFI’s day-to-day operations until the investigation is over, wrestlers like Vinesh Phogat hope their grievances are addressed. While WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh has denied all allegations against him, Vinesh has suggested on Twitter that her faith is still intact.
“Truth can be contested but not defeated,” Phogat wrote in a tweet, originally in Hindi.
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— Vinesh Phogat (@Phogat_Vinesh) January 24, 2023
After protesting at Jantar Mantar in Delhi for a few days, the wrestlers ended their protest, claiming to have received certain assurances from the Ministry of Sports.
The wrestlers ended their protest after a breakthrough was made late Friday night during a second round of marathon talks with Thakur.
“The WFI President will not fulfill his duties and will stay away from the daily affairs of WFI. The day-to-day operations of WFI will be taken care of by the Oversight Committee until their term of office and it will also review the serious allegations against WFI and its chief,” Thakur said. .
“The oversight committee will be chaired by world champion Mary Kom. Together with her, Yogeshwar Dutt, MOC member and Dronacharya winner Trupti Murgunde, former TOPS CEO Rajagopalan and former ED Teams, SAI Radica Sreeman will be part of the committee.
“In the coming month, this committee will investigate the sexual allegations and other allegations after speaking with all parties and submitting its report. Until then, all day-to-day decisions and operations of WFI will be made by this committee.” added.
The hot wrestlers, including the young Anshu Malik, Sangeeta Phogat and Sonam Malik, started the sit-in protest at Jantar Mantar here on Wednesday, demanding the resignation of the WFI chief.
The wrestlers also demanded that the WFI be dissolved immediately and that a new panel be formed, including grapplers in it.
With PTI inputs
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