Union Sports activities Minister Anurag Thakur mentioned on Thursday (January 19) that the allegations levelled by wrestlers in opposition to the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) and its chief are critical in nature and that he’ll meet the wrestlers as soon as he returns to the nationwide capital and take heed to them. Many wrestlers, together with Vinesh Phogat and Sakshee Malik, have levelled expenses of sexual harassment of ladies wrestlers by the president and coaches of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) and of mismanagement within the functioning of the federation.
Thakur mentioned he’ll meet the wrestlers and the required motion might be taken. “Authorities has labored for the welfare and upliftment of sports activities and gamers. India has gained loads of medals and delivered good performances on the world degree. Work has been finished to make federations higher. Allegations levelled by wrestlers are critical in nature. Taking swift motion, the Authorities of India despatched a discover to WFI and sought a reply inside 72 hours. Camp has been postponed. I’ll attempt to meet the wrestlers after I attain Delhi. We’ll discuss and take heed to them and take the required motion,” Thakur to ANI.
Earlier within the day, champion wrestler and BJP chief Babita Phogat arrived on the protest website at Jantar Mantar in Delhi the place wrestlers continued their sit-in protest for the second day demanding motion in opposition to the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief and different officers in opposition to alleged sexual exploitation of a number of athletes and “harassment of wrestlers by the WFI by its arbitrary guidelines and laws”.
“I’ve assured them that the federal government is with them. I’ll strive that their points are resolved in the present day,” Babita Phogat mentioned after addressing the gathering.
Babita, who’s 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 lift this subject with the federal government at each degree, and the longer term might be determined the way in which gamers really feel proper.”
For the second day, Bajrang Punia, Sakshee Malikkh, and Vinesh Phogat, amongst others gathered on the Jantar Mantar in Delhi and had been joined by different members of the fraternity. Vinesh Phogat had beforehand alleged that coaches who’re favourites of the WFI misbehave with ladies 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.
Vinesh, the primary Indian girl wrestler to win gold in each Commonwealth and Asian Video games, alleged, “Coaches are harassing ladies and a few coaches, who’re favourites of the Federation, misbehave with ladies coaches as effectively. They sexually harass women. The WFI president has sexually harassed many women.”
On Wednesday, taking cognizance of the protest staged by wrestlers, together with Olympic and Commonwealth Video games (CWG) medalists, the Sports activities Ministry has sought an evidence from WFI and directed it to furnish a reply throughout the subsequent 72 hours on the allegations made. The Ministry said that if WFI fails to furnish the reply throughout the subsequent 72 hours, the Ministry will proceed to provoke motion in opposition to the federation by way of the provisions of the Nationwide Sports activities Growth Code, 2011. Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh on Wednesday mentioned that wrestlers, who made allegations of sexual harassment in opposition to coaches, ought to have approached the Federation with their names earlier.
The WFI president claimed that 97 per cent of wrestlers are with the BFI and people protesting had been pressured into it.He denied any incident of sexual harassment.”There was no incident of sexual harassment. If such a factor has occurred, then I’ll hold myself,” mentioned the WFI president throughout a press convention.He additionally mentioned that he’s prepared for an investigation.”Sexual harassment is a giant allegation. How can I take motion when my very own title has been dragged into this? I’m prepared for an investigation,” he added.