WFI Chief To Step Down, Wrestlers Call Off Protest

| Updated: January 21, 2023 10:36 am

After receiving assurances from the government that their complaints would be addressed, the disgruntled wrestlers ended their protest late on Friday night. The first step in this process was the resignation of Wrestling Federation of India Chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, who had come under fire.

After a breakthrough was made during a second round of negotiations with Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur, the wrestlers—including Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik, and Ravi Dahiya—decided to stop their protest.

They have accused the WFI and its director of corruption and sexual harassment. “It has been decided that an oversight committee will be formed. Names for which will be announced tomorrow. The committee will complete its investigation within four weeks. It will thoroughly probe all the allegations be it financial or sexual harassment that have been levelled against WFI and its chief.” Thakur said after the marathon meeting.

“Till the investigation is over, he (Singh) will step aside and co-operate with the investigation and the oversight committee will run the day-to-day affairs of WFI,” he concluded.

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