Mary Kom To Head Panel to Probe sexual harassment Charge Against Wrestling Body Chief

HY News 24 January, 2023 09:57 am IST

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Boxing great and Olympic medallist Boxing great Mary Kom will be leading the sports ministry's Oversight Committee to manage day-to-day affairs of wrestling body amid sexual harassment row.

The ministry had directed the Wrestling Federation of India to suspend "all ongoing activities with immediate effect", including the Ranking Tournament in Gonda, UP, Sharan's stronghold. It also suspended Wrestling Federation of India's (WFI) assistant secretary Vinod Tomar, a fallout of the grapplers' allegations of sexual harassment and corruption against the sports body's chief, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.

Last week, union sports minister Anurag Thakur had announced the formation of the oversight committee after a lengthy meeting with the protesting wrestlers including Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik, Babita Phogat, among others.

"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. The wrestlers put forward their demands. I have assured them that appropriate steps will be taken. All allegations of sexual harassment and financial misappropriation will be probed," Thakur said in a press conference.

Rio Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik, world championship medallist Sarita Mor, Sangeeta Phogat, Anshu Malik, Sonam Malik, Satyawart Malik, Jitender Kinha, Amit Dhankar and CWG medallist Sumit Malik were among the wrestlers who assembled at the famous protest site.

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