'Can't Win Olympic Medals', WFI Chief On Protesting Wrestlers; Centre Seeks Reply In 3 Days | 10 Points

Top Indian wrestlers sat on protest against the WFI at Jantar Mantar on Wednesday, alleging some coaches have been sexually harassing female athletes and coaches.

'Can't Win Olympic Medals', WFI Chief On Protesting Wrestlers; Centre Seeks Reply In 3 Days | 10 Points
Top Indian wrestlers sat on protest against the WFI at Jantar Mantar on Wednesday, alleging some coaches have been sexually harassing female athletes. (Image: ANI)

THE BHARATIYA Janata Party (BJP) MP and Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh who was accused of sexual harassment by India's woman wrestlers, made another statement about them saying these wrestlers who have been protesting can't win an Olympic medal. Adding, he said the age for delivering the best performance in wrestling is between 22 and 28 years.

"The age for delivering the best performance in wrestling is between 22 and 28 years. These wrestlers who are protesting can't win an Olympic medal. This is turning into anger and that is why they are protesting," the WFI chief, as quoted by news agency ANI said.

Here Are The 10 Points

- On Wednesday, while refuting the allegation of sexual harassment levelled against him by top Indian grapplers, who staged a protest against him and the federation at Delhi's Jantar Mantar, saying, "I will hang myself if the allegations against me are proven."Earlier on Wednesday, star wrestler Vinesh Phogat had alleged that the WFI President had been sexually harassing female wrestlers."

- Olympic medallists Bajrang Punia and Sakshi Malik along with Vinesh Phogat and other top Indian wrestlers on Wednesday sat on a protest against the WFI at Jantar Mantar here. The wrestlers say that the WFI president and coaches sexually exploit the players.

- Prominent woman wrestler Vinesh Phogat accused Brij Bushan of sexually harassing female wrestlers. The 28-year-old Phogat also alleged she was subject to mental harassment by Brij Bushan, adding she had contemplated suicide.

- Indian wrestler and Commonwealth Games medalist Vinesh Phogat also alleged that the wrestling federation chief called her a 'khota sikka' after her defeat at Tokyo Olympics 2020.

- The protesting wrestlers accused the WFI of interfering with their personal lives and exploiting them.

- Meanwhile, Olympic medalist Bajrang Punia said the wrestlers want the management of the Federation to be sacked and replaced.

- Acting upon the matter, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has issued notice to the Sports Ministry and the police to investigate the matter of sexual allegations made against Brij Bhushan.

- The DCW has also asked for a copy of the FIR, details of the accused arrested and an action taken report in the matter from police by January 21.

- Taking cognizance of the protest in Delhi in which women wrestlers have levelled serious accusations of sexual harassment against the President and coaches of the Wrestling Federation of India, the Sports Ministry has sought an explanation from WFI and directed it to furnish a reply within the next 72 hours on the allegations made.

- A 2022 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Bajrang Punia said the wrestlers will not tolerate the ongoing dictatorship of the Federation.

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