Amid the ongoing wrestlers' protests, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Friday formed a seven-member committee to probe the allegations of sexual harassment against WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.
The members of the committee include -Mary Kom, Dola Banerjee, Alaknanda Ashok, Yogeshwar Dutt, Sahdev Yadav, and two advocates.
It is reported that several ace Indian wrestlers including world championship medallist Vinesh Phogat, Olympic medallists Bajrang Punia and Sakshi Malik have been participating in a sit-in protest at Delhi's Jantar Mantar in Delhi which began on Wednesday - after accusing the WFI chief of sexual exploitation and intimidation.
In a letter to the president of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) PT Usha, the wrestlers mentioned that Phogat was “mentally harassed and tortured” by Singh after she missed out on an Olympic medal in Tokyo which led her to almost contemplate suicide. They also requested the IOA president to appoint a committee to enquire into the matter.
Meanwhile, the accused WFI president has refuted the allegations and called them a “political conspiracy”.