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“Brij Bhushan Singh Getting Government’s Protection”: Vinesh Phogat

New Delhi [India]: Indian ace grappler Vinesh Phogat on Thursday alleged that the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) Chief Brij Bhushan Singh is being shielded by the government.

Vinesh asserted that their fight is against Brij Bhushan and if he wasn’t being protected by the government, he would have been behind bars by now. “Our fight is against Brij Bhushan but definitely he is getting protection from the government otherwise he would have been behind the jail,” she said.

Vinesh also claimed that the WFI chief has influence and money power.

“He has a lot of money he can influence everyone by giving them money if he stays out he will influence everyone and he will influence the police as well. If he goes to jail his power will be neutralized,” Phogat added.

While talking about the future of the protest she asserted that the wrestlers will continue to protest until Brij Bhushan is sent to jail.

“The protest will go on until Brij Bhushan is arrested and the future of wrestling is secured,” Phogat concluded.

Protesting wrestlers Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik, Vinesh Phogat and others marched from Jantar Mantar to Bangla Sahib Gurudwara in New Delhi on their 25th day of protest against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.

Grapplers including Punia, Sakshi, Vinesh and others joined the march demanding the arrest of the WFI chief charged with sexual harassment of athletes.

“We will take this protest to the international level. We will write letters to international Olympians and ask them to write letters in our support,” Vinesh said on Monday to mediapersons.

Rio Olympic medal winner Sakshi Malik also stressed this point and said that she feels their protest is being confined to Jantar Mantar.

“We will step outside of Jantar Mantar. We feel that our protest is being confined. We want our protest to reach everybody because this is a fight for the women of our country,” Sakshi Malik told the media.

On the other side, Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur told the reporters in Hamirpur on Monday, “The committee was formed, and their concerns were also heard. An ad-hoc committee has been formed to start the day-to-day working of the Wrestling Federation by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).

Trials have also started for athletes.

“He added, “Supreme Court has given its judgement. Delhi Police has also registered an FIR and is recording statements. The magistrate is also registering statements. They must have faith in our law and order and end their protest.”

Earlier on April 24, The Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports announced that the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) will be forming an ad-hoc committee to conduct the elections for the Executive Committee of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) within 45 days of its formation, to manage day-to-day affairs of the body, including the selection of athletes and making entries for the participation of players in international events. This committee will be functioning for an interim period till a new Executive Committee takes charge.

Delhi Police on Friday filed a status report on the application moved by woman wrestlers in an alleged offence of sexual offence levelled against WFI Chief and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. The court was also informed that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been formed to investigate the matter.



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