Anurag Thakur asked the athletes to not take any step that would undermine sports
Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur has urged the Indian wrestlers to wait for the Delhi Police to conclude their investigation into the allegations against the outgoing Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. Thakur emphasized the need for patience and stated that wrestlers should refrain from taking any actions that could harm the sport or aspiring athletes. He assured that everyone is supportive of the sport and its athletes.
This statement from Anurag Thakur comes after a dramatic incident in Haridwar, where protesting wrestlers, including Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik, and Vinesh Phogat, had planned to discard their medals in the Ganga River. However, after the intervention of Khap and farmer leaders, the wrestlers agreed to postpone the immersion for five days.
The wrestlers are demanding the arrest of Brij Bhushan Singh, who is accused of sexually harassing several female wrestlers. In response, Singh addressed a rally and proclaimed his readiness to face consequences if any allegations against him are proven. He stated that if a single allegation is substantiated, he would hang himself, urging the wrestlers to present any evidence they have to the court.