New Delhi – Wrestling stars Bajrang Poonia and Sakshi Malik will testify against the Centre-appointed committee to oversee the National Wrestling Federation, which is mired in sex allegations. The two claimed they did not keep their promise to listen to the players before forming the committee. Punia and Malik pointed this out in a tweet tagging the Prime Minister, Home Minister and Sports Minister.
“Before forming the supervisory committee, it was promised that they would hold discussions with us. But it’s sad that they didn’t consult us before forming the committee’ – Punia, who is also a medal winner at the Tokyo Olympics, and Sakshi pointed out in a similar tweet.
The Center appointed a five member committee chaired by boxing star MC Mary Kom to oversee. The committee will also investigate the sex allegations against the president of the federation and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh and some coaches. A report will be given to the Ministry of Sports within 4 weeks.
Mary Kom chaired the seven-member committee appointed by the Indian Olympic Association earlier. Other members of the committee are wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, badminton player Thripti Murgunde, Target Olympic Podium Scheme captain Rajagopalan and SAI executive director Radhika Sriman. The appointment is a temporary measure.
The President of the Federation, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, will give up his duties until the monitoring committee appointed by the central government for running the wrestling federation submits its report. The committee will report within four weeks on the allegations against the office holders. Brij Bhushan Singh said that he will cooperate with the committee.
English Summary: Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik expresses unhappiness over the formation of an oversight committee