21 Jan 2023

Wrestlers Protest: Sports Ministry Suspends WFI Assistant Secretary Vinod Tomar


New Delhi: Taking the first action in the wrestler and WFI dispute, the Sports Ministry has suspended Vinod Tomar, Assistant Secretary of the Federation. Tomar had said on Saturday evening itself that most of the people of the Federation are with Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh and personally also I do not find the allegations of the players correct. I have been associated with Brij Bhushan Singh for 12 years, he is not like this. The allegations of the players are baseless. It's been 3-4 days and they haven't produced any evidence yet.

The Ministry took the action after WFI wrote to the Sports Ministry and rejected the allegations against its President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.

'Protesting wrestlers are defaming WFI'

The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has responded to the notice of the Sports Ministry. It was said on behalf of the Federation – the protesting players are defaming the WFI for their personal interest. They have personal agenda behind the protest. The president or anyone in WFI can't do anything arbitrarily. There is no scope for mismanagement here.
Earlier, the three-day-long strike by wrestlers against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh ended at 1 am on Friday. This decision was taken after a 7-hour meeting between Sports Minister Anurag Thakur and the wrestlers. Anurag Thakur told that an oversight committee will be formed. It will give its report in 4 weeks. Its members will be announced on Saturday. Sources in the ministry said that the soon-to-be-formed oversight committee of the ministry will have the powers to take all decisions on matters concerning Indian wrestling.

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