Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President PT Usha has come to meet the wrestlers sitting on strike at Jantar Mantar on Wednesday. During this time PT Usha tried to persuade the ‘Wrestlers’ Protest’ by talking to them. PT Usha has appealed to the wrestlers to end the protest. Although the players are not talking about it right now.
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Earlier PT Usha had termed the performance of the wrestlers as indiscipline. After the meeting of the Executive Committee of the Indian Olympic Association on Thursday, she had said that it was indiscipline for wrestlers to perform on the streets and it was tarnishing the country’s image. She took aback this statement of hers. Several leaders of political parties including sportspersons criticized her statement. Apart from this, PT Usha had talked about forming a panel of three members to run the Wrestling Federation of India.
“We feel hurt by PT Usha’s comment. She is not supporting us despite being a woman herself. What indiscipline have we done? We are sitting here peacefully. If we had got justice, we would not have done this.” wrestler Sakshi Malik had said.
Wrestlers’ Protest continues for the 11th day today over allegations of sexual exploitation against the President of the Wrestling Federation of India and BJP’s Lok Sabha member Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. Wrestlers sitting on dharna are demanding his arrest after the POCSO and molestation FIR. This case has been registered after the complaint of 7 women players, including a minor, following the instructions of the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court had directed the Delhi Police to provide security to the wrestlers following their complaints against Brij Bhushan.
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Top wrestlers of the country including Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik, and Vinesh Phogat have staged a sit-in at Jantar Mantar. They are demanding action against Brij Bhushan. They demand that the findings of the panel appointed by the Center to probe the allegations be made public.