Contemporary election to the Wrestling Federation of India has been postponed indefinitely
THE Wrestling Federation of India has been suspended by the sports activities’ world physique for not holding elections after its chief was charged with sexual misconduct.
India’s high wrestlers staged weeks of sit-in protests within the capital New Delhi earlier this yr demanding the resignation of WFI president Brij Bhushan Singh.
The 66-year-old, additionally a lawmaker for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Get together (BJP), has since been charged with sexual harassment and stalking however is at the moment on bail.
The federation’s management was disbanded within the wake of the scandal, with recent elections scheduled for earlier this month however postponed indefinitely on the final second.
“The absence of a commonly elected president and a board doesn’t adjust to the UWW laws and the situations for membership,” United World Wrestling mentioned in its assertion late Thursday (24).
Indian wrestlers can be allowed to compete within the Asian Video games subsequent month however not below the Indian flag, the assertion added.
Singh denies all fees in opposition to him and has mentioned he’s a sufferer of a “conspiracy”.
Wrestling is massively widespread in rural northern India.
Photographs of star athletes being detained by police as they tried to march to parliament in Could went viral on social media.
Commonwealth Video games gold-medal-winning wrestler Anita Sheoran, a witness in a sexual harassment case, has filed her nomination to interchange Singh for the highest put up.
However backers of Singh, whose household is prohibited from contesting the elections, had been anticipated to win any recent election.
Bajrang Punia, one of many wrestlers who led protests in opposition to Singh, who gained bronze on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, is within the squad for the Asian Video games beginning September 23 in Hangzhou.