New Delhi. The controversy of Wrestling Federation of India is increasing. Federation President Brij Bhushan has been accused of sexual harassment and an FIR has also been registered against him. The players have opened a front against him. They say that if no decision is taken by June 15, they will stage a protest again. Meanwhile, a coach and 2 referees have been removed from the Asian Championship. International referee Jagbir Singh had given statements against Brij Bhushan.
The Asian Championship in the Under-23 and Under-17 categories is to be held in Kazakhstan from June 10 to 18. According to the news of New Indian Express, apart from Jasbir Singh, it has been decided not to send Under-17 team coach Rajeev Tomar and referee Virender Malik to the Asian Championship. The source said that Jagbir’s statement was considered against the government. Similarly, both Virendra Malik and Rajeev are close to Brij Bhushan. For this reason his name has also been struck off. It is to be known that during the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Virender was even arrested on charges of sexual harassment in Glasgow.
The team has only one referee
According to the information, India will have only one referee in the Under-23 event. At the same time, the wrestlers of the under-17 freestyle category will land without a coach. Jagbir Singh and Virender Malik were to leave on 13 June. The selection trial was organized by the Adhoc Committee of the Wrestling Federation for the championship. Meanwhile, on June 14, Khap Panchayats have announced Haryana Bandh in support of the wrestlers.
Earlier, referee Jagbir Singh had given a statement in the media referring to the March 2022 incident. He told that during the photo session, the first female wrestler was standing next to Brij Bhushan Singh, but suddenly the player moved away from there. At that time she was looking uncomfortable and was also saying something. Apart from this, he also mentioned a similar incident during the Junior Asian Championship in 2013.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 12, 2023