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Wrestlers Protest Update: Indian Wrestlers Refute Claims of Vying for Control of WFI

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Indian wrestlers have refuted claims of seeking control over the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) and described the organization’s president, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, as having a bigger ego than Ravana. Wrestler Vinesh Phogat denied the WFI president’s charge that they are involved in politics, terming it “baseless.”

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Vinesh Phogat said,

“We are not involved in any politics. We speak straight from the heart and it connects, and that is why so many people are sitting here in our support.”

Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP, had claimed that only one family, the Phogats, is behind the protest at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar, and that the wrestlers want to take over the WFI. However, the protesting wrestlers have denied the allegations and have demanded that the findings of the Centre-appointed panel that probed the charges be made public.

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Phogat said,

“I ask how can you give such a criminal a platform? Ask yourself… That man is still saying things with a smile on his face. His ego is bigger than the Ravana (in epic Ramayana).”

Meanwhile, wrestler Bajrang Punia said,

“His (Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh) son is the president of the UP Association, and the secretary is his son’s brother-in-law. His son-in-law is also a member of a state association. He is accusing us of ‘parivaarwad’ while it is happening in his case.”

The wrestlers have also accused authorities of cutting power and water supply during the night at their protest site and have resumed their sit-in to demand justice. The Delhi Police has filed two FIRs, including one under the POCSO Act, against Singh, who has completed 12 years as WFI President.

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The controversy has created a stir in the wrestling community and beyond, with many calling for a fair and impartial investigation into the allegations. Meanwhile, the wrestlers have urged the media not to give Singh a platform to speak until he is cleared by the courts.

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