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WFI – Wrestling Federation Elections Set for December 21, Results to be Announced on Same Day

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The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) elections, which have faced multiple delays, are now scheduled to take place on December 21. The returning officer for the polls, Justice (retd) MM Kumar, confirmed this information. According to a statement issued by the office of the returning officer, the polling, counting of votes, and announcement of results will all occur on the same day. However, it is important to note that the outcome of the elections will be subject to the pending writ petition before the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

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The elections will be conducted during the Special General Body Meeting and will follow the electoral list created on August 7. This ensures that the entire process does not have to start from the beginning.

The returning officer stated that:

“All steps up to the stage of preparation and display of the final list of contesting candidates were completed (on Aug 7) and various activities like polling, counting of votes and declaration of result alone were left.”

The WFI elections were initially halted by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on August 11, 2023, just one day before the scheduled poll. However, the Supreme Court has since lifted the stay orders, allowing the remaining steps, including polling, to resume on December 21, 2023, as per the revised schedule.

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It is important to mention that the final result of the elections will be dependent on the outcome of the writ petition before the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The WFI has been under the management of an ad-hoc panel constituted by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) since the sports ministry suspended the federation’s head, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, over allegations of sexual harassment made by top Indian wrestlers. The ad-hoc panel, led by Bhupender Singh Bajwa, has been overseeing the day-to-day activities of the WFI.

The election process, which began in July, has faced delays due to court cases, resulting in the suspension of the WFI by the international federation, United World Wrestling. Indian wrestlers are currently participating in international competitions under the UWW flag due to the suspension of the national body.

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The polling for the WFI elections will take place at the Olympic Bhawan, following the agenda/items outlined in the notice issued on July 21, 2023.

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