Boxing Legend Mary Kom Led Panel To Run WFI, Probe Allegations Against The Federation Chief
An oversight committee led by boxing legend M C Mary Kom will run the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI).
The panel will also probe the allegations of "sexual misconduct, harassment and/intimidation, financial irregularities and administrative lapses" levelled by prominent sportspersons against the federation chief, other officials and coaches, the Sports Ministry said on Monday.
The other members of the committee are London Olympics bronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt, former badminton player Trupti Murgunde, a member of SAI's Mission Olympic cell, and former SAI administrators Radhica Sreeman, and Cdr Rajesh Rajagopalan.
The oversight committee will complete the enquiry within 4 weeks, the ministry said.
The Sports Ministry said that it has instructed the executive committee of WFI to abstain from managing the day-to-day activities of the federation, with immediate effect, until further communication.
The Ministry's action comes after Olympic medallists Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik, Ravi Dahiya along with world championship-medallists Vinesh Phogat and Deepak Punia led an unprecedented three-day protest at the Jantar Mantar, demanding the immediate resignation of WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh and dissolution of the federation.
The wrestlers called off their protest on Saturday after getting assurances from Sports Minister Anurag Thakur that there will be a thorough investigation.
As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.
Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.
We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.
Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.