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Wrestlers vs WFI: Wrestlers said – did not even ask before deciding the names of the committee, the government said – three names suggested by you



Wrestlers protest against the Oversight Committee.
– Photo: Amar Ujala

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The Sports Ministry has formed an oversight committee following a strike by wrestlers against the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) and its president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. This committee will look after the functioning of the Wrestling Federation. At the same time, wrestlers are protesting against this committee as well. He says that he has been cheated regarding the formation of the committee. Olympian wrestlers Sakshi Malik-Vinesh Phogat and Bajrang Punia have expressed their protest by tweeting.

What was written in the tweet?

In the tweet, these wrestlers wrote that ‘we were assured that we would be consulted before the formation of the Oversight Committee, but it is a matter of great sadness that we were not even consulted before the formation of this committee.’ In this tweet, he has also tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Sports Minister Anurag Thakur.

At the same time, sources in the Sports Ministry say that 3 out of 5 names in the Oversight Committee were suggested by these protesting wrestlers, but now they claim that they were not consulted.

Members of the committee include

It is noteworthy that world champion boxer Mary Kom will be the head of the oversight committee. Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur had said after the formation of this committee that the WFI President would not work on his post. We are forming an oversight committee under the chairmanship of world champion Mary Kom. Olympic medalist Yogeshwar Dutt, Dronacharya awardee Trupti Murgunde, TOPS CEO Rajagopalan, Radha Sriman will be its members.

What is the whole matter?

On Wednesday, more than 30 Indian wrestlers started a sit-in against Brij Bhushan Singh, President of the Wrestling Federation of India, at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar and made several serious allegations against him. However, Brij Bhushan rejected the allegations outright and blamed the wrestlers. Brij Bhushan’s allegations had no effect on the wrestlers and the protest continued. Meanwhile, the Sports Ministry and the Wrestling Federation tried to settle the matter through talks, but all efforts failed. The wrestlers remained adamant on their demand. In the end, Brijbhushan’s bets were weakened in front of the wrestlers and he was temporarily removed from the post of the President of the Wrestling Association.

The protest, which started on Wednesday morning, went on for three days. On Friday night, the wrestlers held talks with Sports Minister Anurag Thakur and Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh was temporarily removed from the post of wrestling association president and a committee was formed to investigate the allegations against him. Went.

Sports Ministry is already in action

After that, the Sports Ministry suspended Vinod Tomar, Assistant Secretary of the Wrestling Federation of India, on Saturday (January 21). Vinod Tomar gave a statement in favor of Wrestling Association President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh in the morning of the same day. Vinod Tomar believes that Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh has not done any mistake. He had said, “The allegations are baseless. There is nothing like that. It’s been three-four days and they haven’t produced any evidence yet. I have been associated with him for the last 12 years and I have not seen anything like this.

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