Wrestlers Protesting Against WFI Chief’s Misbehavior
Indian Olympic Association (IOA) leader PT Usha has reprimanded Indian wrestlers who’re presently protesting against the alleged misbehaviour of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharaj Singh. The athletes have been demonstrating on the streets. And they are demanding the release of the findings of the oversight body probing the sexual harassment allegations against Singh.
PT Usha Criticizes Wrestlers for Tarnishing Country’s Image
During a press interplay on Thursday, Usha commented on the continuing dispute between the wrestlers and federation boss Singh. Without taking any side, Usha said that the road demonstrations with the aid of using wrestlers have tarnished the photograph of the country. He feels that the wrestlers should have chosen a different route to meet their demands. Usha further added that the protests set a bad example and lead to indiscipline.
Ad Hoc Committee Formed to Lead WFI
With wrestling federation affairs at stake, the IOA has constituted an ad hoc three-person body to run the federation. These include former shooter and Olympian Suma Shirur and Wushu Association of India chief Bhupendra Singh. The third member of the panel will be a retired Supreme Court Justice, whose name is yet to be decided.
Supreme Court Orders Delhi Police to Investigate Allegations
The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the Delhi Police and other authorities. And ask them to look into the sexual harassment allegations filed by seven women wrestlers against the WFI president. Attorney General Tushar Mehta, acting for Delhi Police, told a court of Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice PS Narasimha that if the Supreme Court feels that the charge should be framed immediately, that too can be done.
The ongoing protests by Indian wrestlers against the alleged misbehaviour of WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharaj Singh have resulted in a dispute between the athletes and the federation. IOA chief PT Usha has criticized the wrestlers for tarnishing the image of the country. And called for a different approach to meet their demands. Meanwhile, an ad hoc committee has been formed to lead the WFI, and the Supreme Court has ordered an investigation into the sexual harassment allegations against Singh. The situation remains tense, and it remains to be seen how it will be resolved.