The nation’s protesting most sensible wrestlers didn’t flip up for a gathering with the sexual harassment shape committee arrange by way of the Indian Olympic Association to analyze their allegations in opposition to the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. After they skipped the primary assembly on Saturday, the wrestlers were given one ultimate likelihood to look prior to the panel on February 11.
It is realized that the wrestlers, in a letter to the seven-member IOA panel headed by way of Athletes Commission chairperson MC Mary Kom, stated that since one of the most contributors also are within the Oversight Committee appointed by way of the Union sports activities ministry, it made little sense to look prior to two panels undertaking equivalent investigations.
The five-member Oversight Committee may be headed by way of girl boxing stalwart Mary Kom and contains 2012 London Olympics wrestling bronze medalist Yogeshwar Dutt. This panel has been tasked to run the day by day affairs of the WFI and probe allegations of “sexual misconduct”, monetary impropriety and misgovernance in opposition to WFI officers and a few coaches.
Dutt’s presence in each the committees may be a sore level for the wrestlers, who felt he had pop out in give a boost to of WFI president Singh in his media statements.
However, Olympic medalist Bajrang Punia, whilst objecting to the Oversight Committee being constituted with out the protesting wrestlers being consulted, has stated they’d no factor with the IOA panel.
Swinging into motion inside of hours of the wrestlers submitting a grievance to IOA president PT Usha, IOA known as an govt committee assembly and shaped the panel as in step with the Visakha tips that care for sexual harassment.
The different IOA panel contributors are Alaknanda Ashok, Sahdev Yadav, Dola Bannerjee, Dutt and advocates Talish Ray and Shlok Chandra.
“The wrestlers have been given one last opportunity to present themselves before the panel on February 11 after which the panel will submit its report to the IOA executive committee,” stated an reputable with wisdom of the tendencies.