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Indian wrestlers delivery ‘can of worms’, divulge sexual harassment, corruption in wrestling federation

Spacious tag Indian wrestlers on Wednesday opened a can of worms by alleging sexual harassment and corruption in the working of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI). Vinesh Phogat and Sakshi Malik accused the federation President Brij Bhushan Sharan Sharma of sexual harassment whereas Bajrang Punia alleged that the draw of enterprise-bearers of the federation are knee-deep in corruption. 

During the philosophize at Recent Delhi’s Jantar Mantar, Phogat, a mature of the game, told the media that ‘national coaches’ had been molesting female wrestlers over time. 

“Ladies folks wrestlers were sexually careworn at national camps by coaches and also the WFI president Brij Bhushan Sharan Sharma,” talked about Phogat in a press convention. 

“One of the most coaches appointed at national camps were sexually harassing females wrestlers for years. The WFI president could perchance be fascinating about sexual harassment.” 

Phogat persisted by announcing, at least 20 girls whom she knew had been careworn. 

“They told me their tales. I’m in a position to no longer bewitch their names now but I’m in a position to certainly divulge the names if we gain to meet the Prime Minister and the Home Minister of the nation.”

“I essentially were attempting to test with the federation and create them label my components and those of other wrestlers for nearly 10 years. Nevertheless no one is even ready to hear,” she added. 

The females wrestlers received aid from their male counterparts. Olympic medalist Bajrang Punia talked about he and his fellow wrestlers is no longer going to compete internationally if Bhushan is no longer removed. 

“We is no longer going to compete in any global competitors except WFI President is removed.”

फेडरेशन का काम खिलाड़ियों का साथ देना, उनकी खेल की जरूरतों का ध्यान रखना होता है। कोई समस्या हो तो उसका निदान करना होता है। लेकिन अगर फेडरेशन ही समस्या खड़ी करे तो क्या किया जाए?
अब लड़ना पड़ेगा, हम पीछे नहीं हटेंगे । #BoycottWFIPresident#BotcottWrestlingPresident

— Bajrang Punia 🇮🇳 (@BajrangPunia) January 18, 2023


The Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist added that players never received any money required to put together and compete for the occasions. 

“The president abuses us. Non-public sponsors can most effective reach from federation. Younger players reach and quiz us where to head. Any player who asks is banned.“

After the protests by the players started receiving aid on on-line platforms, the WFI president reached the distance and puzzled why no one had raised these components in the final 10 years. 

“I came right here as quickly as I received to know the wrestlers are protesting. Is there somebody on file who can instruct the federation has molested us?” talked about Singh. 

“Sexual harassment never occurred. If even one athlete comes forward and proves this, I will hang myself.”

(With inputs from agencies)


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