Vinesh Phogat’s Charge Against Anurag Thakur: “Tough to stand against powerful people”

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  • India’s ace wrestler Vinesh Phogat, who has been protesting against the WFI chief, claimed that it is tough to stand against “powerful people”. 
  • Phogat criticized Thakur for not taking and allegedly suppressing the matter by forming a committee. No action was taken. 
  • The wrestlers’ protest has snowballed into a huge political issue, with several opposition leaders showing harmony with the athletes and demanding the resignation of the WFI chief. 
  • Meanwhile, Singh has refused to resign from the wrestling body, saying it would then mean he has accepted the allegations. 
  • Delhi Police registered two FIRs against WFI president Singh over allegations of sexual harassment and exploitation of female wrestlers. 

India’s ace wrestler Vinesh Phogat, who has been protesting against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh over sexual harassment charges, claimed that it is tough to stand against “powerful people”.

The second phase of the wrestlers’ protest against the WFI chief demands the arrest of Brij Bhushan. Speaking to reporters, Phogat said, “It is very difficult to stand against a person who is misusing his power and position for so long.” She further alleged that the wrestlers had met an official before they started their protest in Jantar Mantar, for the first time. But no action was taken.

The wrestlers’ protest has snowballed into a huge political issue, with several opposition leaders showing harmony with the athletes and demanding the resignation of the WFI chief. Meanwhile, Singh has refused to resign from the wrestling body, saying it would then mean he has accepted the allegations. “If I resign that means I have accepted their allegations, my tenure is about to end. Till a new party is formed and the government has formed an IOA committee under that committee elections will be held and then my tenure will end,” he had told the media.

The World Championship medallist further criticized Thakur for not taking and allegedly suppressing the matter by forming a committee. “We ended our protest after talking to the sports minister, and all the athletes had told him about the sexual harassment. He by forming a committee tried to suppress the matter there; no action was taken that time,” she alleged.

Earlier, the WFI chief had accused Congress leader Deepender Hooda and wrestler Bajrang Punia of hatching a conspiracy against him. The BJP MP said 90 percent of Haryana players stand with him while only one wrestling family continues to protest at Jantar Mantar.

Earlier on April 26, the wrestlers held a candle march at Jantar Mantar, urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to listen to their ‘Mann Ki Baat’. Over the last six days, the wrestlers have slept and trained at the protest site near Jantar Mantar in the national capital.

Delhi Police registered two FIRs against WFI president Singh over allegations of sexual harassment and exploitation of female wrestlers.

(With inputs from agencies)

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