The protection of our female athletes is crucial, according to Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar, as the protest by wrestlers against the WFI chief enters its second day.
Manohar Lal Khattar, the chief minister of Haryana, stated that this is a serious issue and that such incidents demotivate our female athletes as the country’s best wrestlers protest against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) head Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh enter Day 2.
ML Khattar, the chief minister of Haryana, said in a statement to the media, “We have taken note of each claim made by our wrestlers because this is such a serious matter. This kind of incident demotivates our athletes, and I think the Ministry of Sports will recognise this and take appropriate action. Our concern for our female athletes’ safety is paramount.”
He added that the Haryana government had not previously received any complaints about the matter. He said that he was made aware of the protest that wrestlers held on Wednesday.
After a significant campaign, the Centre said earlier in the day that it will create a three-member committee to look into the accusations made by the nation’s best wrestlers against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) head Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. A inquiry team is likely to have two female members, according to sources.
Notably, the national wrestling regulatory body was asked to provide an explanation within 72 hours after the Indian Sports Ministry became aware of the situation on Wednesday.
Sources claim that the protesting wrestlers showed up at the Union Sports Ministry’s Shastri Bhawan headquarters on Thursday afternoon. To discuss the accusations made against WFI and its leader Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, they will meet with the officials.
WFI President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh had earlier attacked the wrestlers, alleging a plot against him. He also resisted leaving his position as leader.
“This is a plot against me, and a powerful industrialist is involved. I was the one who inspired Vinesh Phogat to win, not her. There was never any sexual harassment. I’ll hang myself if even one athlete steps forward to demonstrate this, stated Brij Bhushan. After disputing all of the allegations made against him by the wrestlers, he added that he is prepared for an investigation into the incident.
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