Edited By: Vivek Ganapathy
Last Updated: January 18, 2023, 17:07 IST
In an unprecedented transfer, big-name Indian wrestlers similar to Bajrang Punia, and Vinesh Phogat protested the dictatorial nature of the Wrestling Federation of India’s president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.
World Championship medallist Phogat revealed surprising particulars concerning the issues the wrestlers had been subjected to after they spoke out towards the WFI president through the protest.
“I’ve acquired dying threats from WFI officers”, Phogat said.
“After the Tokyo Olympics defeat, WFI President called me ‘khota sikka’. WFI mentally tortured me. I used to think of ending my life each day. If anything happens to any wrestler, then the responsibility will be on the WFI president”, stated Phogat.
“Coaches are harassing ladies, and a few coaches who’re favourites of the federation misbehave with ladies coaches as nicely. They sexually harass ladies. The WFI president has sexually harassed so many ladies”, Phogat continued.
30 well-known wrestlers assembled at the Jantar Mantar to express their concern against the current WFI regime and to convey their displeasure at how things are being run by the wrestling governing body.
“Wrestlers are being harassed by the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI). Those who are a part of WFI know nothing about the sport”, Punia stated.
“We need that the administration of the Wrestling Federation of India to be modified”, he continued.
“We hope the Prime Minister and Home Minister will support us,” Punia stated.
Olympic medallist Punia’s assist workers together with coach Sujeet Mann and physio Anand Dubey additionally joined in on the protest on Wednesday.
Rio Olympics medallist Sakshi Malik, world championship medallist Sarita Mor, Sangeeta Phogat, Satyawart Malik, Jitender Kinha and CWG medallist Sumit Malik had been additionally amongst those that had assembled on the protest.
“The federation interferes in our private lives as nicely and hassle us. They are exploiting us. When we went to Olympics, we didn’t have a physio or a coach Since we’ve raised our voices, we’re being threatened”, the wrestlers felt as they voiced their disgruntlement with the federation.
(With inputs from PTI and ANI)
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