New Delhi: Wrestlers protesting at Jantar Mantar in opposition to the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) and its president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh have stated that they’ll proceed their sit in until they get justice. A delegation of wrestlers met Union Sports activities Minister Anurag Thakur on Thursday to debate the sexual harassment allegations levelled in opposition to Wrestling Federation of India chief, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, nevertheless, it remained inconclusive.
Vinesh Phogat, the primary Indian lady wrestler to win gold in each Commonwealth and Asian Video games, instructed the media that the federal government ought to intervene and appoint former wrestlers for various roles in WFI.
In the meantime, Congress chief Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has now come out in assist of the wrestlers protesting in opposition to the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), and referred to as for a probe and applicable motion over allegations of sexual exploitation and psychological harassment in opposition to the WFI chief.
The matter pertains to the allegations of sexual misconduct in opposition to Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh who’s the chief of WFI by Vinesh Phogat who’s the primary Indian lady wrestler to win gold in each the Commonwealth and Asian Video games. Vinesh has alleged that coaches who’re favourites of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) misbehave with girls and harass them. She additionally accused the wrestling federation chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh of sexually harassing women and calling her a ‘khota sikka’ after her defeat on the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
Taking to social media, Priyanka Gandhi wrote, “Our gamers are the pleasure of the nation. They carry laurels to the nation by their efficiency on the world degree. The gamers have made severe allegations of exploitation in opposition to the Wrestling Federation and its president.” “The voices of those gamers needs to be heard. Allegations needs to be investigated and applicable motion is taken,” the Congress chief added.
हमारे खिलाड़ी देश की शान हैं। विश्व स्तर पर अपने प्रदर्शन से वे देश का मान बढ़ाते हैं। कुश्ती फेडरेशन व उसके अध्यक्ष पर खिलाड़ियों ने शोषण के गंभीर आरोप लगाए हैं। इन खिलाड़ियों की आवाज सुनी जानी चाहिए।
आरोपों की जांच कर उचित कार्रवाई की जानी चाहिए।
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) January 19, 2023
Champion wrestler and BJP chief Babita Phogat additionally arrived on the protest website at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on Thursday. Wrestlers continued their sit-in protest for the second day demanding motion in opposition to the chief.
Babita, a deputy director within the Haryana Sports activities and Youth Affairs Division and a former wrestler, had earlier tweeted, “I stand with all my fellow gamers on this matter of wrestling. I guarantee all of you that I’ll work to boost this concern with the federal government at each degree, and the long run can be determined the way in which gamers really feel proper.”
On Wednesday, ace grappler Bajrang Punia and practically a dozen wrestlers started their protest in opposition to the WFI on the Jantar Mantar within the nationwide capital.
Additionally, shortly after Olympians and star wrestlers Sakshee Malikkh, Vinesh Phogat and Bajrang Punia made sensational claims in opposition to WFI officers and coaches.