Ace wrestler Sakshi Malik reiterated the demand for Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh or anybody related to him to not get elected because the nation’s wrestling chief two days after the date for the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) polls was introduced.
The WFI elections was initially set to happen in August solely to be placed on maintain by the Punjab and Haryana Excessive Court docket. The Supreme Court docket of India, nevertheless, put aside the keep order on the elections on 28 November, permitting them to go forward. The elections are actually scheduled to happen on 21 December with the outcomes being declared on the identical day.
Rio Olympics bronze medallist Malik, who was among the many key figures within the wrestlers’ protest towards Brij Bhushan earlier this 12 months, hoped Union Sports activities Minister Anurag Thakur would follow his promise and never permit the Bharatiya Janata Celebration (BJP) Member of Parliament from Uttar Pradesh’s Kaiserganj, or anybody related to him for that matter, to carry a put up with the federation after the election.
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“Because the dates of the elections for the WFI have been introduced, we met him concerning that. We stopped our protests after listening to the govt. however now it’s the time of the Govt to fulfil their promise that nobody associated to Brij Bhushan Singh ought to get a put up within the federation. Anurag Thakur stated that the govt. will hold their guarantees and we hope the identical,” Malik told PTI on Monday.
Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Bajrang Punia and World Championships silver medallist Vinesh Phogat have been a number of the different main wrestlers apart from Malik who participated within the protest towards Brij Bhushan that briefly passed off in January earlier than intensifying between the months of April and June this 12 months.
Brij Bhushan, a Bharatiya Janata Celebration (BJP) MP from Uttar Pradesh’s Kaiserganj, was accused of sexually harassing a number of feminine wrestlers apart from psychological harassment and monetary mismanagement. The protest not solely led to his ouster as WFI chief with the Indian Olympic Affiliation (IOA) putting in an ad-hoc committee to run the day-to-day affairs of the federation.
The failure to conduct its elections on time led to the WFI getting suspended by United World Wrestling in August, which the protesting wrestlers termed as a “black day for Indian wrestling“. Because of the suspension, the Indian grapplers needed to compete below a impartial flag within the World Championships that passed off in Belgrade in September.
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