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‘If it happens, I will hang myself…’: WFI chief on Phogat’s sexual harassment claim

World NewsIndia News'If it happens, I will hang myself...': WFI chief on Phogat's sexual harassment claim

Wrestling Federation of India chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh on Wednesday vehemently denied claims of sexual harassment by the country’s top wrestlers, declaring that ‘if it happened, I would hang myself. will

After winning the gold medal, news agency ANI quoted him as saying, “There has been no incident of sexual harassment…” Vinesh Phogat Claims Sexual Harassment by him and the coaches, and also claimed that he and others had received death threats.

Singh said, “Is there anyone who can say that the federation has harassed a player…don’t they have any problem with the federation for the last ten years? When new rules and regulations are brought in Problems come up…” Singh said.

“Sexual harassment is a serious allegation. How can I take action when my own name has been dragged into it? I am ready for an investigation,” he added.

The WFI chief then hit back, declaring, “I want to ask Vinesh Phogat… why did he wear the company’s logo in the Olympics? After he lost the match, I just asked him Encouraged and motivated.”

What did the wrestlers say?

Earlier, Phogat – who won gold in three consecutive Commonwealth Games, 2018 Asian Games and 2021 Asian Championships – was quoted by news agency PTI as having ‘sexually harassed’ women wrestlers. had gone.

“Some coaches posted at national camps have been sexually harassing women wrestlers for years. The president of the WFI is also involved in sexual harassment. Many young women wrestlers cried…” Indian Express.

Read on Wrestlers Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat protested against the ‘dictatorship’ of the WFI

Bajrang Punya, Sakshi Malik And Phogat He was among those who first protested at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar, alleging ‘harassment of wrestlers’ by the WFI.

Phogat told reporters: “We will present all the evidence when the High Court directs us. We are also ready to present all the evidence to the Prime Minister.”

Punia, who won a Commonwealth Games gold medal last year, told reporters, “The girls here are from respectable families. We cannot accept it if our sisters and daughters are not safe here. We demand that the federation be changed.” Go.”

Malik – who won bronze in the 58kg category at the 2016 Olympics, becoming the first Indian woman wrestler to claim an Olympic medal – called for the entire federation to be ‘removed… to secure the future of new wrestlers’. ‘.

He said that the dirt has spread from the lower level. We will talk to Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) and HM (Union Home Minister Amit Shah) and disclose the details.

Wrestlers protest on Wednesday

Earlier today, Phogat tweeted a picture of the wrestlers sitting together on a large sheet and holding the national flag. “… athletes want self-respect to prepare for the Olympics and big games with full enthusiasm but if the federation doesn’t cooperate… morale will be broken. We won’t budge… for our rights. Will fight for.”

WFI Assistant Secretary Vinod Tomar told ANI that the wrestlers had not taken WFI into confidence. “They still haven’t told me what their complaint is. No issues have been raised…”

Punia hits out at WFI’s ‘ongoing dictatorship’. “Our fight is not against the government or SAI. It is against WFI,” he said.It is now an all out battle.(This is a fight to the finish).

Sakshi Malik said that athletes try their best to win medals for the country but the federation has done nothing but degrade us. Arbitrary rules are being made to torture the players.

Anshu Malik, Sangeeta Phogat and others tweeted along similar lines, tagging the hashtag BoycottWFIPresident and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his office as well as Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

Singh – a Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Kaiserganj in Uttar Pradesh – has been leading the WFI since 2011. He was elected for the third consecutive term in 2019.


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