“Wrestling Leader Steps Away Until Probe Ends”: Minister for Crimes #MeToo

Sports Minister Anurag Thakur meets athletes for seven hours

New Delhi:
BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh will leave India’s wrestling body for four weeks, during which time a watchdog committee will review sexual harassment allegations against him, Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur told reporters today.

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  1. After a meeting that lasted seven hours and lasted well past midnight, Mr Thakur, along with some of India’s most famous wrestlers, in a press conference assured that the government would support the wrestlers. in every step of the war.

  2. “An oversight committee will be formed. It will take four weeks to come up with a report. Any allegations, whether sexual harassment or financial misconduct, we will dig in and investigate them. I will take action then,” Thakur said.

  3. After meeting Mr Thakur, the wrestlers stopped protesting the allegations of sexual harassment and misappropriation of money.

  4. “Until the investigation is complete, a committee will review the day-to-day work (of the Indian Wrestling Federation)… I thank the athletes who spoke to me,” Mr Thakur said. .

  5. Olympic medalist Bajrang Punia said the minister made sure he was with the wrestlers at every step. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also always supported our athletes,” Mr. Punia said.

  6. The Indian Olympic Association has also announced a seven-member committee to investigate the allegations against Mr. Singh. The board will recognize athletes Mary Kom, Dola Banerjee, Alaknanda Ashok, Yogeshwar Dutt and Sahdev Yadav as members.

  7. Mr Singh has denied the allegations and refused to resign. “If I say, There will be a tsunami…I’m not here for someone’s charity. I was elected by the people,” he told reporters in Uttar Pradesh’s Gonda.

  8. Earlier, Mr Thakur phoned Mr Singh and warned him not to make any statements to the media.

  9. Ahead of the meeting on Friday night, the wrestlers sent a letter to PT Usha, the head of the Indian Olympic body, demanding action against Mr. Singh.

  10. “Vinesh Phogat was harassed and mentally tortured by the head of WFI after she missed the Olympic medal in Tokyo. She almost thought of suicide,” the wrestlers wrote in a letter to her. Usha, adding that “they fear for their lives”. Ms. Phogat has agreed to disclose the identities of sexual harassment survivors to the Indian Olympic Association committee.


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