In the midst of the wrestling upheaval in the country, Sakshi Malik, a former grappler, has expressed that the protesting wrestlers do not object to the newly elected WFI panel, but rather to the involvement of WFI President Sanjay Singh, a loyal supporter of Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. The 31-year-old wrestler has appealed to the government to ensure the safety of emerging grapplers in the sport. Sanjay Singh emerged victorious in the WFI polls, defeating rival contestant and former wrestler Anitha Sheoran by a significant margin. However, he was subsequently suspended by the sports ministry for violating transparency rules by announcing the senior nationals in the Brij Bhushan stronghold of Gonda.
Sakshi Malik stated:
“We don’t have any issues with the new federation except one man, Sanjay Singh. We don’t have any issue if the new body comes back without Sanjay Singh. We do not have any issue with the ad-hoc committee as well.”
The committee responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the federation has announced that they have scheduled the senior nationals to take place in Jaipur in early February. Malik has urged the committee to also organize age group nationals to shield young wrestlers from the ongoing turmoil. Additionally, she disclosed that her mother has been receiving threatening calls from supporters of Brij Bhushan in recent days. When asked about the protest against the three wrestlers who led the demonstration against the former WFI chief, Brij Bhushan, accused of sexual harassment of female wrestlers, Malik highlighted the sacrifices she has made for the sport and the discontent she has endured over the past few months.
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