The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has made significant additions to the ad-hoc committee currently managing the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI). Renowned coaches Gyan Singh and Ashok Garg have been included in the committee, following the decision of Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh to step down amidst allegations of sexual harassment by female wrestlers.
In an important announcement, Sports Minister Anurag Thakur revealed the need for technical expertise within the committee ahead of the Asian Games trials. Consequently, Singh and Garg were chosen to fulfill this crucial requirement.
Kalyan Chaubey, IOA’s Joint Secretary and acting CEO, confirmed the inclusion of the two coaches, specifically considering the forthcoming Asian Games selection trials. Additionally, he commended the ad-hoc committee, led by BS Bajwa, for its successful management of the national team’s international participation and its organization of various age-group trials.
Chaubey expressed his satisfaction with the trials carried out by the IOA-appointed ad-hoc committee at the SAI facility in Sonepat, in preparation for the Asian U-15 & U-20 Wrestling Championship.
“My visit to Sonepat was to get a first-hand feel of the ongoing wrestlers selection trials and to interact with the participants. I’m satisfied with the fair and transparent conduct of the trials, and I must add that the selection camp was a much-needed break for these 2500 young athletes, who have expressed happiness to be back in the arena.”
“IOA’s priority was to bring back normalcy in the day-to-day functioning of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI). The ad-hoc committee comprising Bhupender Singh Bajwa and Suma Shirur was formed with this very same objective. We are working in collaboration with the ad-hoc committee to ensure our young athletes are not denied the opportunity to represent India in the upcoming international competitions. Today we have concluded the second set of selection trials, the previous one being the U-17 and U-23 camp.”