WFI’s CEO will step down while the oversight committee looks into the situation

by Subhechcha Ganguly
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After a second meeting at the home of Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur in the capital, the Indian wrestlers ended their protest late on Friday night. After the meeting, which went past midnight, wrestler Bajrang Punia told the media that the other wrestlers had decided to end their protest after Thakur promised to take action against the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI).Since Wednesday, the wrestlers have been holding a protest and accused WFI President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh of sexually harassing female wrestlers, misusing sponsorship funds, and mismanaging the athletes.

“We have decided to call off the protest after receiving assurance from our Sports Minister,” Punia remarked. The discussion at the Sports Minister’s mansion lasted more than five hours after the wrestlers arrived at 7 p.m., including Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik, Ravi Dahiya, Deepak Punia, and others.Thakur stated that his Ministry has listened to the wrestlers’ issues and that appropriate steps will be taken, while also stating that the wrestlers’ demands will be met.

“I’d want to thank all of the players for their tremendous contributions, and our discussions have focused on moving the sport forward. Changes have occurred in a number of sports federations recently, and this will be investigated “He went on to say.”The requests of the wrestlers will be met. We will form an oversight committee and release the members’ names tomorrow.”He stated that the oversight committee would conduct an unbiased investigation into all of the allegations levelled against the WFI and its President, who has stepped down from his position.

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