The long-delayed election of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) will take place on August 12th. The WFI elections date was announced on Friday. However, the state of Maharashtra will be excluded since Returning Officer Justice MM Kumar ruled that both competing groups were disqualified for involvement.
The ad hoc panel had previously declared the date of July 6th, but when disaffiliated state organizations from Maharashtra, Haryana, Telangana, Rajasthan, and Himachal Pradesh sought it for a hearing, arguing that their removal was not acceptable, they were forced to postpone it to July 11th.
Even on July 11th, the elections were postponed by the Gauhati High Court after the Assam Wrestling Association (AWA) requested the right to take part in the procedure for voting.
The Gauhati High Court’s judgment was stayed by the Supreme Court on Tuesday, allowing the poll to proceed.
Candidate nominations for positions will be submitted on August 1 and the electoral college will now consist of 48 members from 24 state bodies, each of whom will have one vote.
On August 2, the nominations will be scrutinized, and on August 7, the candidates’ final lineup will be released. Voting will take place on August 12 if an election is necessary.
After creating a review panel to examine charges of sexual harassment of female wrestlers by national body president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, who has been granted bail in the matter, the sports ministry directed the WFI to cease all operations with no delay.
Brij Bhushan, who has served as president for the past 12 years, is unable to run for re-election per Sports Code rules. It will be fascinating to watch whether his son Karan, who is the president of the UP Wrestling Association, runs for office.
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