Rajnath, Anurag ask wrestlers to wait for probe to complete

Comments come a day after UWW reaction; IOC condemns Delhi Police action

Shillong, May 31: A day after a statement from the United World Wrestling (UWW) condemning the action against protesting wrestlers, including the Olympic medalists, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Wednesday action would be taken once the probe into sexual harassment allegations is completed.

The international body on May 30 said, “UWW firmly condemns the treatment and detention of the wrestlers. It expresses its disappointment over the lack of results of the investigations so far. UWW urges the relevant authorities to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into the allegations.”


UWW opened its letter saying, “For several months, United World Wrestling has followed with great concern the situation in India where wrestlers are protesting over allegations of abuse and harassment by the President of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI). It has taken due note that the WFI President has been put aside at an early stage and is currently not in charge.”

On Wedneday, Singh, while replying to media queries, said the probe into allegations against Brij Bhushan Singh should be over before any action is taken.

Later, Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur also echoed Singh and urged the wrestlers not to take any step that may undermine sports.

The International Olympic Association also condemned the way Delhi police manhandled and detained the protesting wrestlers. The organisation’s criticism comes a day after the reaction of the international wrestling body.


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