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Wrestling Federation chief to step down, Anurag Thakur announces; The wrestlers ended the protest.

World NewsIndia NewsWrestling Federation chief to step down, Anurag Thakur announces; The wrestlers ended the protest.

In a major victory for wrestlers demanding the resignation of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh over allegations of sexual harassment, Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur announced on Friday night that Singh would be sidelined. They have been asked to leave and will be investigated. The oversight committee, which will have four weeks to complete the inquiry.

Thakur’s announcement that the WFI chief would step down came after the second round of talks between the minister and the wrestlers, who decided to end their protest, which began on Wednesday and at Jantar Mantar in the national capital. was happening

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“The names of the monitoring committee will be announced tomorrow. Also, till the completion of the inquiry, the panel will look after the day-to-day activities of WFI,” Thakur said.

Welcoming the announcement, 2020 Olympics bronze medalist Bajrang Punia, who attended the meeting along with fellow wrestlers Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik and Ravi Dahiya, said, “The Union Sports Minister listened to our demands and gave us Assured that a proper investigation will be done.. I thank them and we hope that there will be a fair investigation, so we are ending the protest.

The breakthrough came after the first round of talks between Thakur and the wrestlers, which took place at his residence on Thursday night and continued till 2 am on Friday, remained inconclusive. It also came on a day when the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) constituted a seven-member panel to probe the allegations against Singh.

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On the other hand, Singh was about to hold a press conference on the matter. However, the briefing was postponed twice, and finally postponed until January 22, when the wrestling federation will hold its annual general meeting (AGM) in Ayodhya. The 66-year-old, who has been the body’s president since 2011, had repeatedly refused to resign and alleged that there was a conspiracy against him.


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