As wrestlers protesting in opposition to alleged intercourse harassment stayed agency on calls for for his resignation, wrestling physique chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh immediately threatened revelations that, he mentioned, would trigger a “tsunami”.
“If I make a statement, there will be a tsunami. I am not here on anyone’s charity. I am an elected representative,” Mr Singh mentioned.
The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief has refused to give up as a number of celebrated Indian wrestlers, together with Olympic medalist Bajrang Punia and Sakshi Malik moreover Vinesh Phogat, on protest in Delhi for the final two days, accuse him of sexual exploitation and intimidation.
The wrestlers are insistent that Mr Singh be sacked instantly because the wrestling physique chief due to the of #MeToo allegations, saying they “fear for their lives”.
“There is no question of resigning. I have not spoken with the Prime Minister’s Office and Home Minister,” Mr Singh mentioned earlier immediately.
Sports Minister Anurag Thakur reportedly summoned Mr Singh and cautioned him in opposition to making any assertion to media over the concern that it’s going to exacerbate tensions.
Anurag Thakur met with the protesting athletes for 4 hours till 2 am final evening with none decision.
Today, the wrestlers wrote to PT Usha, head of Indian Olympic physique, alleging psychological harassment by Mr Singh.
“Vinesh Phogat was mentally harassed and tortured by the WFI chief after she missed out on an Olympic medal in Tokyo. She almost contemplated suicide,” the wrestlers wrote, including that “they fear for their lives”.
On Wednesday, the Centre had made it clear that if the WFI doesn’t reply to the allegations in three days, the sports activities ministry “will proceed to initiate action against the federation in terms of the provisions of the National Sports Development Code, 2011.”
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