Wrestlers lifts protest after WFI President decides to step aside until an investigation is complete

Xtra Time Web Desk: After three days of protesting against Wrestling Federation of India and its President Brij Bhushan Sharan, the Indian wrestlers including Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik, and Ravi Dahiya lifted their protests after they received assurances from the Sports Ministry.

An oversight committee was formed by the Sports Minsitry to enquire into the allegations by the wrestlers and give a report in 4 weeks. The oversight committee will run the day-to-day affairs of the WFI and Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh will step aside till the investigation is complete.

The oversight committee comprises of boxer MC Mary Kom, wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, archer Dola Banerjee and Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWLF) president and IOA treasurer Sahdev Yadav. Former shuttler and IOA joint secretary Alaknanda Ashok will serve as the Vice-Chairperson of the committee and it will also include two advocates Talish Ray and Shlok Chandra.

The development comes after the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) announced the formation of a seven-member committee to investigate allegations of sexual harassment against the President of the Wrestling Federation of India Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.

“It has been decided that an oversight committee will be formed. Names for which will be announced tomorrow. The committee will complete its investigation within four weeks. It will thoroughly probe all the allegations be it financial or sexual harassment that has been leveled against WFI and its chief.” Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur said after the marathon meeting with wrestlers.