Delhi Wrestlers Protest: Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, president of Wrestling Federation of India, surrounded by allegations of sexual harassment, said on Monday, I want to appeal to them (the protesting wrestlers) that because of you the sports activity has come to a standstill for 4 months. Hang me but don’t stop the game. Don’t play with the future of children.
Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said that a child who is 14 years and 9 months old will turn 15 plus in three months. Will be useless for national level. The wrestlers performing should understand this seriously. Hang me, but don’t play with the future of the children. Let wrestling activities happen in the country.
#WATCH I want to appeal to them that because of you the activity of the game has come to a standstill for 4 months… hang me but don’t stop the game. Don’t play with children’s future: WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh on wrestlers’ protest Gonda, Uttar Pradesh pic.twitter.com/pLHbRlKJ78
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Wrestlers protesting since April 23
Top Indian wrestlers including Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik and Vinesh Phogat have been protesting at Jantar Mantar in Delhi since April 23 demanding action against Brij Bhushan. He has accused Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh of sexually harassing female wrestlers. Two FIRs have also been lodged against the BJP MP. POCSO Act has also been imposed.
Sports Ministry banned the election
The Sports Ministry has put a stay on the WFI elections. It has been directed to constitute a committee to conduct the elections within 45 days. IOA i.e. Olympic Association has formed a three-member panel, which includes former shooter Suma Shirur, Wushu Association of India chief Bhupendra Singh Bajwa. A retired High Court judge is also involved.
Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh will not contest the election
Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh has confirmed that he will not contest for the post of president, but indicated that he may seek a new role within the federation. He has already served as the WFI President for 12 years.
Sidhu raised the demand for Brij Bhushan’s arrest
On Monday, former cricketer and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu extended his support to the wrestlers protesting at Jantar Mantar, demanding criminal action against Brij Bhushan. Sidhu asked why Brij Bhushan was not arrested despite a case being registered under the non-bailable POCSO Act.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin sent DMK’s Rajya Sabha MP Abdullah to the protest site to extend support to the wrestlers.
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