Decision to suspend WFI taken under pressure: Opposition leaders – Times of India

Decision to suspend WFI taken under pressure: Opposition leaders - Times of India

New Delhi: Opposition leaders on Sunday said that the government’s decision to suspend the newly elected officials WFI It was not enough to give justice to the protesting wrestlers and questioned why the loyalists of former WFI President Brij Bhushan? Sharan Singh The first sports body was allowed to contest elections. The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) elections were held on 21 December in which Sanjay Singh and his panel won the elections by a large margin.
The sports ministry on Sunday suspended the WFI until further notice after the wrestling body accused it of organizing under-15 and under-20 nationals for preparations “without following proper procedures and not giving adequate notice to the wrestlers”. Made a “quick announcement”.
“If by suspending the committee the BJP-led ministry thinks that it is absolving itself of not helping women wrestlers, then they are wrong,” said Sharad Pawar-led NCP national spokesperson. Clyde Christo said on X.
He said the ministry’s actions were a “joke”.
“The medal surrendered Shakshi Malik And Bajrang Punia has stepped up pressure on the sports ministry to suspend the recently held WFI elections, it is welcome but the victims have not got justice,” the Congress leader said. Aditya Raj said in a post on X.
Congress leader Ranjit Ranjan questioned the selection of Sanjay Singh after he was generally known as the “right-hand man” of the former WFI chief, against whom wrestlers had complained of sexual harassment.
“All the players who complained about sexual harassment knew he was there. Brij Bhushan Singh’s right hand man. Was the government sleeping?” said Ranjan.
“We can say that this is the height of dictatorship and an extreme insult to the athletes. Our athletes win medals for us and we cannot even ensure their safety,” he said.
Samajwadi Party leader Fakhrul Hasan Chand alleged that the BJP was trying to divert attention from the outrage over the election of Brij Bhushan loyalists.
“The problem is still there because the BJP is only distracting people by suspending the WFI body when there is outrage among women and sportspersons,” he said.
Meanwhile, BRS leader K Kavita welcomed the decision.
“I welcome the central government’s decision to suspend the newly elected body of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI),” she said in a post on X.
He said, “Our wrestlers have done us proud, many women can dream of representing India at the world level. They deserve a fair and transparent system. May God bless this decision for a strong future of Indian wrestling.” Make way.”
The ministry also said on Sunday that the new body was functioning under the “full control of the former (WFI) officials”, which is not in line with the National Sports Code.
Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh later said that he had taken “retirement” from the game and the newly elected body would now take charge as he had many other responsibilities, including next year’s Lok Sabha elections. .
His comments came shortly after he met BJP chief JP Nadda following the sports ministry’s suspension of the WFI.
Many top wrestlers including Olympic medalist Bajrang Punia and Sakshi Malik And World Championship medalist Vinesh Phogat has leveled allegations of sexual harassment against Brij Bhushan and the hearing of the case is ongoing in court. Delhi High Court. The former WFI chief has denied the allegations against him and claimed that he is being targeted as part of a conspiracy by Congress leaders.
On Thursday, Sakshi Malik announced her retirement at a press conference in Delhi against the election of Sanjay Singh.

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