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Brij Bhushan says he will attend the AGM of the Wrestling Federation on Sunday.

FeaturedSports NewsBrij Bhushan says he will attend the AGM of the Wrestling Federation on Sunday.

Wrestling Federation of India president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh has called it quits following allegations of sexual harassment by the country’s top wrestlers, after insisting he pull out of the sports body’s annual general meeting on Sunday. I will do so only after participation.

After three days of protests by top wrestlers in Delhi demanding Singh’s removal and disbandment of the WFI, Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur announced after a meeting with protesters on Friday night that Singh would step aside. will withdraw and a monitoring committee will investigate the allegations against them. Thakur said the inquiry would be completed in a month. This is separate from the seven-member panel probe announced by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) after protesting wrestlers sent a formal complaint to its president PT Osha.

Singh said on Saturday that he would address the WFI executive committee members to present his version at the AGM in his hometown of Gonda in Uttar Pradesh before stepping aside.

“Yes, definitely, I will attend the AGM,” Singh said without elaborating. “I will talk to the media only after the AGM,” he said after inaugurating the Open National Senior Ranking Tournament at the Nandini Nagar Stadium in Nawabganj, Gonda on Saturday.

Late on Friday, the sports ministry asked Singh to step aside from day-to-day activities until its probe committee submits its report on allegations of sexual harassment and intimidation against him. The IOA probe panel will be headed by ace boxer MC Mary Kom.

WFI Assistant Secretary Vinod Tomar said Singh will attend the AGM as WFI President. “He (Singh) himself wanted an inquiry and also decided to stay away from the day-to-day activities of the federation. He is no longer involved in the day-to-day affairs of the WFI and does not even sign the certificates issued to the wrestlers here. But he (Singh) has every right to attend the AGM.

“He (Singh) will speak to the people of all 26 units in the AGM and also explain his part to take instructions from them. There is nothing wrong with him attending the AGM. At least he should give his all in front of everyone. An opportunity should be given to clarify the position,” Tomar said.

Tomar denied the allegations leveled against Singh and the federation. “It also happens in a family when your parents become aggressive towards you but it doesn’t mean they want to harm you,” he said.

Tomar claimed that Singh has the support of all 26 units of the WFI, and that the sitting BJP Lok Sabha member from Kaiserganj, Uttar Pradesh will complete his third term in three months (April). will resign from the post of the head of “He is no longer eligible to hold the post as he will have completed three terms since 2012. We could have elected a new president in March, but they have decided to hold elections in April because in March The Asian Championship is going to be held in New Delhi.” said.

Tomar said that there will be no disruption in the activities of WFI. “Let’s see what instructions we get from the government in a day or two. Only then will we take a call on resuming the women’s camp at SAI Centre, Lucknow and trials etc.

“I hope some decision will be taken on Monday about resuming the women’s camp in Lucknow or elsewhere as the first world ranking series is scheduled from February 1 to 5 in Zagreb, Croatia. The men’s camp is already taking place in Sonepat.

On the WFI’s eight-page reply to the Union Sports Ministry, which sought clarification from the federation on Wednesday after Olympians Vinesh Phogat and Sakshi Malik led a sit-in protest against Singh’s allegations of sexual harassment. Asked, Tomar said the WFI made its stand clear on all issues.

Even Sakshi Malik is a part of the WFI’s five-member sexual harassment committee for redressal of complaints related to sexual harassment, but even she has never approached the Ministry of Sports, WFI, Sports Authority of India and others. No complaints were made to the institutions. said. “I even met all the agitated wrestlers after being told by the WFI chief and tried to calm them down, but to no avail.”

Tomar alleged that there was a conspiracy behind the wrestlers’ revolt. I see a big conspiracy behind all this, only time will tell.


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