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NEW DELHI: The Department of Sports on Saturday decided to suspend all activities of Indian Wrestling Federation (WFI) until the Oversight Committee is formally appointed and takes over the day-to-day operations of the federation.
This includes suspending the ongoing ranking contest and returning entry fees from participants for any ongoing activity.
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This announcement follows the government’s decision on 20 January 2023 to appoint an Oversight Committee that will take over the day-to-day operations of WFI.
The decision was made immediately after the assistant secretary, WFI, Vinod Tomarhas been suspended with immediate effect.
The suspended WFI official denied any communication regarding his suspension, saying the news came to him through ANI when the news agency contacted him for response. about this notice.

“I didn’t know about this. I just learned through a call from ANI that I was suspended. I didn’t receive any prior information about this. I didn’t do anything wrong,” Tomar told ANI on Saturday.
Earlier on Saturday, Tomar called the charges against the federation president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh ‘unfounded’. Speaking to ANI, Tomar said the wrestlers, who sit in a dharna at Delhi’s Mantra Jantar and brought allegations of sexual harassment and financial misconduct against the WFI president, did not present any evidence to support their claims.

“The allegations are baseless. It’s been 3-4 days (since the wrestlers sat down to protest) and they still haven’t presented any evidence. I’ve been with them for the past 12 years and I never encountered any such incident or allegation,” Tomar told ANI.
“The Government of India is committed to ensuring the WFI is functioning properly and the Oversight Committee will help ensure that all complaints against the Federation’s Executive Committee are investigated and the Federation is managed appropriately. efficiency and transparency in the best interest of sportspeople,” a Coalition government statement on Saturday.

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