United World Wrestling (UWW) has come out strongly against the detention of India’s prominent wrestlers during their protest at Jantar Mantar. On Tuesday, the global governing body of wrestling has not only condemned the incident but also issued a stern warning to the national federation, Wrestling Federation of India (WFI). UWW has threatened to suspend WFI if it fails to conduct its elections within the stipulated timeframe.
The ongoing protest by the wrestlers, who are demanding justice against the alleged sexual harassment by the outgoing president of Wrestling Federation of India, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, has been closely monitored by UWW. The world body is actively taking note of the situation and stressing the urgency of addressing these grave allegations. UWW said in a statement,
“For several months, United World Wrestling has followed with great concern the situation in India where wrestlers are protesting over allegations of abuse and harassment by the President of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI),”
In a highly unusual turn of events, popular Indian wrestlers including Sakshi Malik, Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia, and Sangeeta Phogat, were subjected to forceful intervention by the police. These distressing scenes unfolded when the wrestlers and their supporters breached the security cordon during their march towards the new Parliament building on Sunday, where they intended to hold a women’s ‘Mahapanchayat’. During the inauguration of the new Parliament building by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, wrestlers had called for women’s Mahapanchayat at the same location.
The United World Wrestling (UWW) issues a resolute condemnation of the treatment and detention endured by the wrestlers, conveying profound disappointment regarding the lack of advancement in the ongoing investigations.
UWW emphasizes the critical significance of undertaking a thorough and impartial inquiry into the allegations and urges the concerned authorities to promptly and decisively address the situation.