WFI President Brij Bhushan Asks People Not To Put Offensive Posts On Social Media

WFI Chief Brij Bhushan has been accused of sexually harassing women wrestlers and working like a dictator by some of the country's top wrestlers.

WFI President Brij Bhushan Asks People Not To Put Offensive Posts On Social Media
WFI President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh

Wrestling Federation of India, WFI President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh on Sunday requested people not to put objectionable slogans or hashtags on social media that harm the dignity of political parties or communities, among others. The request from the WFI president came after the emergency general council meeting of WFI was called off.

In a tweet in Hindi, Sharan said, "Request. Got information about some objectionable slogans, graphics and hashtags on social media. I disagree with anything that harms the dignity of any political party, social organisation, community or caste religion."

In another tweet, he said, "And, I refute such posts and trends. I am not larger than the party, (and) my dedication, my loyalty is authentic. My well-wishers and supporters should please stay away from such posts. They should neither like nor comment on it."

Meanwhile, the sports ministry had said on Saturday it had asked the WFI to suspend "all ongoing activities with immediate effect", including the Ranking Tournament in Gonda, UP, the federation president Sharan's stronghold.

However, the WFI emergency general council meeting, scheduled in Ayodhya on Sunday, was called off after the ministry directed it to suspend all ongoing activities owing to the various allegations against the sports body and its president.

WFI Chief Brij Bhushan has been accused of sexually harassing women wrestlers and working like a dictator by some of the country's top wrestlers, including Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik and Ravi Dahiya.

The ministry had on Saturday also suspended WFI's assistant secretary Vinod Tomar, a fallout of the grapplers' allegations of sexual harassment and corruption against the sports body's chief. It had decided to suspend Tomar, "with immediate effect, to ensure the proper functioning of WFI".

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