An emergency general meeting of the Indian Wrestling Federation scheduled for today in Gonda has been called off after the federal government ordered a suspension of all activities of the WFI pending the appointment of a supervisory board to take over the day-to-day activities of the federation. The government also suspended his Vinod Tomar, the federation’s assistant secretary.
BJP lawmaker Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, who was asked to step down as WFI president following allegations of “sexual exploitation and mental torture” by a top wrestler, is expected to address members about the unprecedented uprising against the federation. was
Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur has announced an oversight committee to “investigate allegations of sexual misconduct, financial misconduct and administrative negligence and provide day-to-day administration of the WFI.” Did.
“The president of the WFI has stepped away from his day-to-day duties and has pledged to cooperate with the investigation,” the minister said. But it was business as usual for Singh as he kicked off the Open National Senior Ranking Tournament in his hometown of Gonda on Saturday.
Singh’s presence at the event went awry as the Ministry of Sports issued a new directive on Saturday night announcing that the tournament had been cancelled.
In a statement, the WFI said it had enhanced the image of the sport of wrestling “both nationally and internationally” under its current chief executive. Therefore, there is no room for arbitrariness or undue control of the WFI by any individual, including the president of the WFI,” the federation said.
“The WFI, especially under the incumbent president (for the third time), has always acted with the best interests of the wrestlers and the best interests of India – the national interest – in mind. image of,” he added.