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Why high wrestlers don’t desire Sanjay Singh to turn out to be WFI president?

India’s high wrestlers Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik and Bajrang Punia are reportedly making efforts to cease UP Affiliation vice chairman Sanjay Singh from turning into the following president of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI). With BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh’s tenure coming to an finish, the WFI is ready to have a brand new president.

Sanjay and 2010 CWG champion Anita Sheoran are the one two candidates within the fray for the highest put up in WFI after the withdrawal of different candidates.

On Thursday, Vinesh, Sakshi and Bajrang met Sports activities Minister Anurag Thakur as per the information company PTI and had been additionally anticipated to fulfill House Minister Amit Shah on the identical day to precise their apprehensions in opposition to Sanjay’s candidature.

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We check out who Sanjay Singh is and why wrestlers are expressing concern over him turning into the following WFI head.

Who’s Sanjay Singh?

Sanjay is a loyalist of the outgoing WFI chief Brij Bhushan, who has been accused of sexual harassment by India’s high wrestlers, and was a part of the WFI’s final government council. He was additionally the nationwide federation’s joint secretary since 2019.

As per reviews he hails from Jhhansi village in Uttar Pradesh’s Chandauli district and can also be a enterprise companion of Brij Bhushan.

Why protesting wrestlers are in opposition to Sanjay Singh?

Vinesh, Sakshi and Bajrang had been the most important faces of the protests that came about in Jantar Mantar in Delhi demanding the arrest of Brij Bhushan. The protests led to an FIR in opposition to the politician after which the Delhi Police filed a chargesheet in opposition to him and the matter is presently beneath trial in a Delhi Courtroom.

Having accomplished the utmost tenure of 12 years as WFI head, Brij Bhushan just isn’t eligible to face for the presidential put up anymore however one of many assurances from the Sports activities Minister in his dialogue with the wrestlers, that led to the suspension of the protest, was that neither the outgoing president’s members of the family nor his associates will probably be allowed to contest WFI elections.

Brij Bhushan, his son Karan and son-in-law Vishal Singh should not contesting for any of the posts. However with Sanjay standing for the highest spot within the WFI, he’s being seen as a proxy for Brij Bhushan.

The truth is, it has been reported that 16 candidates from Brij Bhushan camp will probably be contesting all 15 posts within the WFI elections. Final month 22 out of 25 state items attended a gathering hosted by the Kaiserganj MP which solely signifies that candidates from the Brij Bhushan camp have a robust likelihood of successful, which might successfully imply, the outgoing head controlling the nationwide federation regardless of being ousted.

A supply near the wrestlers informed PTI that they’ve relayed their considerations to Sports activities Minister Thakur.

“The wrestlers conveyed their misgivings about Sanjay Singh from the Brij Bhushan camp getting elected to the put up of president. The wrestlers mentioned that whereas that they had demanded none of Brij Bhushan’s kin ought to contest the WFI elections, it additionally implied that none of his shut aides ought to contest the polls. And, Sanjay Singh is an in depth aide of Brij Bhushan. He’s in all probability a enterprise companion of the BJP chief. They’ve an issue with him turning into WFI chief,” the supply mentioned.

“In that case, Brij Bhushan’s son may have contested… what’s the distinction?”

The supply has additionally revealed that the wrestlers need Anita to turn out to be the following WFI chief.

“The wrestlers shared all these particulars with the minister. They need Anita Sheoran to turn out to be WFI president and that is what they’ll request the House Minister in the event that they get to fulfill him,” the supply added.

Sheoran, a 2010 Commonwealth Video games gold medallist, can also be a witness within the sexual harassment case in opposition to Brij Bhushan. Anita has filed her nomination as consultant of the Odisha unit regardless of being from Haryana and employed with the state police.

In the meantime, the WFI elections that had been to happen on 12 August have been postponed for now after the Punjab and Haryana Excessive Courtroom put a keep on it.

The keep has been obtained by the ‘Haryana Wrestling Affiliation’ after it was denied illustration within the Electoral School of the WFI. ‘Haryana Newbie Wrestling Affiliation’ has been picked because the representatives from the state.

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