The controversy related to the Wrestling Federation of India does not seem to be over. The Sports Ministry suspended the newly elected president of the association Sanjay Singh and other members a few days ago. Since then, Sanjay Singh has been sitting in the hope that the Sports Ministry will change the decision to suspend him. The Sports Ministry has indicated that a conversation with Sanjay Singh is unlikely. According to sources, Sanjay Singh is unlikely to be reinstated as chairman even if he agrees to follow the protocol laid down by the ministry. The Ministry is firm that the ad-hoc committee will run the day-to-day affairs of the Wrestling Federation of India and it will work towards holding fresh elections.
However, if Sanjay Singh goes to court and the decision on his petition comes in his favor, then the Sports Ministry will be forced to reinstate Sanjay Singh. Sources reveal that the decision has been taken for the larger good of the sport and related activities, which have been completely shut down for almost eleven months. The Sports Ministry had earlier suspended the sport’s premier governing body in the country as well as all its office-bearers. Following its decision, the ministry directed the Indian Olympic Association to form an ad-hoc committee to manage and control the affairs of the wrestling association.
The IOA on Wednesday announced Bhupinder Singh Bajwa as the chairman of the newly created ad hoc committee to run the day-to-day affairs of the Wrestling Federation of India with immediate effect. At the request of the ministry, the IOA formed the ad-hoc committee. The newly formed ad-hoc committee also includes MM Somaiah and Manjusha Kanwar. Indian wrestling has seen a major change since the conclusion of the Wrestling Federation of India elections.
Sanjay Singh, an aide of former wrestling association chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, was elected as the new president, causing great disappointment among the wrestlers who were protesting against former wrestling association chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. Sakshi Malik announced her retirement from wrestling after Singh’s victory in the WFI elections. During this, she cried. Two-time world championship medallist Vinesh Phogat also returned her Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award and Arjuna Award. Legendary wrestler Bajrang Punia also returned his Padma Shri in protest.