Boxing legend MC Mary Kom will head a five-member monitoring committee that will run the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) and investigate ‘sexual misconduct, financial irregularities’ by India’s top wrestlers, including at the Olympics and Worlds. And will also investigate allegations of ‘misrule’. Championship medallists, against federation chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, other officials and some coaches at the national camp.
Other members of the committee are London Olympics bronze medalist Yogeshwar Dutt, former badminton player Tripathi Murgande, member of SAI’s Mission Olympic Cell, and former SAI administrators Radhika Sriman, and Cdr Rajesh Rajagopalan.
Announcing the names of the committee members in Jabalpur, Sports Minister Anurag Thakur said that the committee has been given a month to complete the investigation and till then, WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh will be suspended from day-to-day work. Will stay away. Boat body.
“The committee will look into the serious allegations leveled against the WFI. It will hear both sides and submit a report after completing its investigation within a month. Till the investigation is completed, the committee will continue the work of the WFI. Kaj will also be in charge,” said Thakur.
This will be the second committee to probe serious allegations leveled by India’s top wrestlers against their own federation and its chief. The Indian Olympic Association has also appointed a seven-member internal committee to investigate allegations of sexual harassment against Singh. Mary Kom, who is the chairperson of the IOA’s Athletes Commission, will also head the panel and Dutt is also a part of it.
Olympic medalists Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik, Ravi Dahiya, as well as world championship medalists Vinesh Phogat and Deepak Punia led an unprecedented three-day protest at Jantar Mantar, demanding Singh’s immediate resignation and dissolution of the WFI. It was demanded. The wrestlers called off their protest on Saturday after being assured by Sports Minister Thakur that a thorough investigation would be carried out.
After suspending all activities of the WFI on Saturday, the Sports Ministry on Monday directed the WFI Executive Committee to suspend — as an interim measure — the day-to-day activities of the federation with immediate effect. Refrain from administration until further orders.
Calling it an “unprecedented situation”, the sports ministry said in its notification that the WFI is under the National Sports Development Code and the International Olympic Committee’s policy guidelines on protecting athletes from harassment and abuse. Actions have been initiated in compliance with the letters. Rules for Prevention of Sexual Harassment in Sports and Workplace Act, 2013.
Taking the whole situation seriously as it concerns the “welfare of the players”, the ministry directed the WFI to explain and respond to the allegations within 72 hours.
The WFI, in its reply to the ministry, rejected all allegations by the wrestlers, calling it a conspiracy to “discredit and discredit” Singh and the coaches. “No adverse action has been called for against the federation in terms of the provisions of the National Sports Development Code of India,” it said in its eight-page reply.
The ministry, however, said on Monday that it believes the “WFI has not fulfilled its duties in redressing players’ grievances and conducting the federation’s business in a professional manner.” Meanwhile, Singh quashed speculations that he was taking the legal route.
Court not moved: Singh
“No petition has been filed by me or any authorized person associated with me against the Delhi government, protesting wrestlers and news channels. I have not instructed any lawyer, legal agency or representative to file a petition in any court. Not authorized.” A BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh tweeted.
The supervisory committee is expected to take charge of the WFI on Tuesday. As a first step, it will also consider clearing the Indian team for the Zagreb Open ranking series in Croatia from February 1. Are part of the team. However, it has been learned that the team will get the green signal only after clearance from the Oversight Committee.
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