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Wrestlers Protest: General Council meeting of Wrestling Federation of India canceled, four weeks…


Wrestlers Vinesh Phogat and Brijbhushan Sharan Singh
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The emergency General Council meeting of Wrestling Federation of India scheduled for Sunday has been cancelled. This meeting was to be held in Ayodhya, in which many matters were to be discussed including the allegations against the wrestling association. The wrestling association has canceled the meeting for the next four weeks. Wrestling Federation of India president Brij Bhushan Singh was accused by the wrestlers of running the union arbitrarily and sexually abusing women players. The wrestlers demonstrated for three days at Jantar Mantar in Delhi. After this, the Sports Ministry has instructed Brij Bhushan Singh to stay away from the work of the wrestling association. Till the completion of the investigation into the allegations against him, he will stay away from the work of the wrestling association. However, he has not been removed from his post. If found innocent in the investigation, he will continue in his post.

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The Sports Ministry has ordered the cancellation of all activities of the wrestling association following the allegations against Brij Bhushan Singh. The ministry on Saturday said it has directed the WFI to suspend “all ongoing activities with immediate effect”, including the ranking tournament to be held in UP’s Gonda, which is the bastion of federation president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.

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Sharan has been accused of sexually harassing and mentoring female wrestlers by some of the country’s top wrestlers, including Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik and Ravi Dahiya.

The ministry on Saturday also suspended WFI assistant secretary Vinod Tomar, who was making statements on the wrestlers’ allegations. Tomar had given a statement in support of Brij Bhushan Singh. After this, it was decided to suspend Tomar with immediate effect, so that the functioning of WFI can be done properly and the allegations against Brij Bhushan Singh can be investigated impartially.

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Sharan’s son Prateek had said on Friday that after the meeting of the sports body, his father would issue a statement on the sexual harassment allegations leveled against him.

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