New Delhi. Olympic medalist wrestler Sakshi Malik has raised questions on the Indian Olympic Association’s Adhoc Committee’s decision to exempt Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat from the trials for the Asian Games. Sakshi Malik has made it clear that like Bajrang and Vinesh, she will not go for the Asian Games without giving a trial. He accused the government of breaking the unity of the wrestlers.
Sakshi Malik said in a video, we had sought time from the government to prepare for the Asian Games. We had said that our trials should be taken after August 10 and the government also gave us time. So we came out for training. But three-four days back it came to know that direct entries are being sent in two weight categories. I was also told that you should also mail. Will think about you. I refused that I will not go without trials. We just asked for time off. All I want to say is that justice should be done to all.
— Sakshee Malik (@SakshiMalik) July 20, 2023
Sakshi also made a tweet after this. In this he wrote, “The government has done the work of breaking the unity of the wrestlers by sending their names directly to the Asian Games. I have never gone to play without trial nor do I support it. I am disturbed by this intention of the government. We had talked about extending the date of trials, but the government has put this defamation in our pocket.
On the other hand, a Delhi court on Thursday granted regular bail to the outgoing president of Wrestling Federation of India and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh in the case of sexual harassment of a female wrestler. Apart from this, the bail application of suspended Assistant Secretary of WFI Vinod Tomar was also approved.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 20, 2023, 21:36 IST