WFI cancels general council meeting after Centre’s order to suspend activities

President of the Indian Wrestling Federation (WFI) Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.Photo: Twitter

The Emergency General Assembly of the Indian Wrestling Federation (WFI) scheduled for Sunday (January 22) in Ayodhya was ordered by the Ministry of Sports to suspend all ongoing activities due to various allegations against the Ministry of Sports and its Chairman Brij. was requested and then cancelled. Bhushan Sharan Singh.

The ministry said on Saturday it had asked the WFI to immediately halt “all ongoing activities,” including a ranking tournament in Singh’s home state of Gonda, UP.

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The ministry also suspended Vinod Tomar, the WFI’s assistant secretary, to “ensure the proper functioning of the WFI.”

Singh’s son Pratek said on Friday that his father would issue a statement on the allegations against him after a meeting of the sports bodies.

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The ministry has instructed Singh to stay away from the WFI’s day-to-day operations, although he was attending a wrestling event in Nandini Nagar on Saturday.

Also on Friday, Sports Minister Anurag Thakur announced the establishment of a monitoring commission to investigate charges by top wrestlers against Singh and his body.

The ministry is expected to announce the names of the members of the oversight board on Sunday.

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In a press release on Saturday, the ministry said, “Considering the government’s decision on Saturday to appoint an oversight committee to the Indian wrestling federation to investigate various allegations brought against the federation by athletes, the WFI has “I told them to put everything on hold,” he said. Unless an oversight committee is duly appointed and takes over the day-to-day functions of WFI, ongoing work will take effect immediately. ”

(with input from institutions)

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