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Concerning Wrestling Body Row, Vijender Singh asks, “Will We Send Daughters To Stadium?”

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<p><strong>New Delhi:</strong> Vijender Singh, the first boxer from India to win an Olympic gold medal, has thrown his support behind Sakshee Malikkh, the top wrestler, as she takes against former Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) leader Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, whose assistant took over as WFI chairman yesterday.<br />
Following Sanjay Singh’s 40 out of 47 vote victory in the WFI election—a longtime assistant of Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh—Ms. Malikkh announced her retirement from the sport.</p>
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<p>Athletes like Ms. Malikkh have accused Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh of sexual harassment and have called for action to be taken against him.</p>
<p>“As a player, I can relate to her suffering. The only female wrestler medalist asked for justice, but she was not granted it. This hurt her, so she gave up. Would India’s global reputation improve or deteriorate? Bronze medallist Vijender Singh, who subsequently joined the Congress party, told news agency ANI today. Singh competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.</p>
<p>“The sports world as a whole is let down. They point the finger at Haryana’s discriminatory policies against females and the state’s low female population. Would the parents take their girls to the stadium after this?” said Vijender Singh.</p>
<p>“The girls’ parents would worry about how we would get justice if an Olympic medalist is not awarded it. The President, Vice President, and PM need to appear up and explain why this occurred. This calls into question several aspects of the democratic system and the legal system,” he said.</p>
<p>Anita Sheoran, the gold medalist at the Commonwealth Games and the preferred candidate for WFI president among the protesting wrestlers, received a mere seven votes.</p>
<p>Pro wrestlers Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat also voiced their dissatisfaction with the outcome. Commonwealth and Asian Games gold winner Vinesh Phogat broke down in tears when speaking with the media on Thursday, stating, “Women wrestlers will continue to face harassment now that Sanjay Singh has been elected chief of the federation.”</p>
<p>As Ms. Phogat put it, had “no clue how to find justice in the country”. We don’t know what the future holds for our wrestling careers. We’re lost as to where to go,” she said.</p>
<p>According to Ms. Malikkh, they had desired a female leader for the wrestling organization. But, she said, “that did not occur.” With her boots on the table, the Olympic bronze medalist remarked, “We fought, but if the new president is Brij Bhushan’s aide, his business partner, then I quit wrestling.”<br />
The three wrestlers organized a massive demonstration at Jantar Mantar in January of this year, during which they demanded that Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh be held accountable for the alleged sexual harassment of many wrestlers. After the government issued an investigation order, they canceled their protest. The wrestlers were also given the assurance that neither Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh’s assistant nor any of his relatives would be permitted to run in the next wrestling body elections. Sanjay Singh, Brij Bhushan’s assistant, was officially nominated even though his son Prateek and son-in-law Vishal Singh did not run for office.</p>


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