The Fact India: Wrestlers protest against the President of Wrestling Federation of India and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar. Wrestlers protesting on this issue have become angry with the statement of Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President PT Usha. On Thursday, PT Usha said that the Indian Olympic Association has a committee for sexual harassment. If they have any problem, they should have come to us. Should have talked to us. Instead of coming to us, they have hit the road. This is not good for the game. On this statement of PT Usha, the reaction of the wrestlers sitting on strike has now come to the fore.
On this statement of PT Usha, Indian female wrestler Sakshi Malik sitting on dharna said that despite being a female player, she is not listening to female players. This was not expected from those whom we were following since childhood. We are also inspired by him that he has done so much good for the country. Where have we committed indiscipline? We are sitting here peacefully. If we had been heard, we would not have even sat here. We are sitting here after waiting for three months. During this, Sakshi Malik’s eyes looked moist.
Vinesh Phogat said that if we are sitting on the road then we must have had some compulsion. Whether it is Sports Ministry or IOA no one listened to us, then we have come in front of the public that no one is listening to us. We ourselves considered PT Usha as an icon. I had also called him to share my pain but he did not pick up the phone. We have been waiting for three months.
Here, on the strike of the wrestlers, Union Minister Anurag Thakur said on Thursday that if some players are sitting at Jantar Mantar today, who talked to them? I sat with him for 12 hours. Listened to them, formed a committee, we wanted a fair probe. On his request, Babita Phogat was included in the committee. Everyone was given a chance to keep their point of view. Anurag Thakur further said that anyone can get an FIR lodged in any police station. Police said that they will take further action after preliminary investigation. The Modi government has always stood with the players. Sports is a priority for us, with which we will not compromise.