Indian Olympic Association calls for urgent meeting with wrestlers

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has called for an immediate meeting with the protest wrestlers, who have accused the WFI president and WFI coaches of sexually harassing female wrestlers and their management. poor management of the federation’s operations, sources said on Friday.

The meeting, according to sources, will be held at 5:45 pm.

The IOA will conduct a virtual meeting with the wrestlers to discuss the allegations made by the aces wrestlers and other complaints and demands they have made.

Saying they were fighting against the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), Commonwealth Games gold medalist Bajrang Punia appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur heard their request.

Some of the country’s outstanding wrestlers, including Sakshee Malikkh, Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat and Ravi Dahiya, are taking part in the sit-in rally at the Jantar Mantar in Delhi, which started on Wednesday.

The wrestlers have been accused by the WFI president and the organization’s coaches of sexually harassing female wrestlers and mismanaging the union’s operations. They have also demanded a complete overhaul of the federation.

WFI President Brij Bhushan Saran Singh has denied all allegations and announced he will expose the ‘political conspiracy’ during a press conference in Gonda of Uttar Pradesh today.

On Thursday, several wrestlers had a meeting with Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur that lasted until early this morning.

However, according to sources, the meeting remains inconclusive and the minister is likely to meet the wrestlers again today at his residence.

Meanwhile, Vinesh, Bajrang, Sakshee, Ravi and Deepak on Friday wrote to PT Usha, president of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) about ‘sexual harassment’ complaints against WFI president Brij Bhushan Saran Singh.

In a letter to the IOA president, the wrestling stars accused the WFI president of sexual exploitation and financial irregularities.

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