The government has appointed an oversight committee to look after the daily affairs of the wrestling federation of India which will be headed by boxer Marry Kom. The formation and appointment of the oversight committee comes amid the ongoing row between WFI President Brijbhushan Sharan Singh and top wrestlers as they alleged the Singh of sexual misconduct inside WFI.
It was reported that the Government appointed oversight committee will be headed by Olympian boxer Marry Kom, and other people who will be in the committee includes Olympic Medalist Yogeshwar Dutt, Dhyanchand Awardee Trupti Murgunde, SAI member Radhica Sreeman and ex-CEO TOPS Rajesh Rajagopalan.
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Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur, while talking to the press, had also said that the committee will investigate the sexual allegations and other charges after listening to all the stakeholders and submit a report. Thakur also told the media that all the day to day functions and decisions will be overseen by the instituted committee.
The move by the centre to institute an oversight committee comes in the wake of the allegations levelled by top wrestlers who have accused the WFI Chief Brijbhushan Sharan Singh of sexual misconduct and harassment. The top wrestlers who have made the allegations against Sharan include Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik and Ravi Dahiya.
The wrestlers last week took to the streets to protest against the President of the Wrestling Foundation of India. They had demonstrated by doing a sit-in at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar. However, the protest was called off subsequently after a couple of days. The sports ministry had also instructed the WFI to halt all the activities with immediate effect owing to the allegations made by the wrestlers.
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WFI President Brijbhushan Sharan Singh, on Monday had also approached the Delhi High Court against the allegations levelled against him. The plea had cited defamation and arbitrary use of laws of sexual harassment.