IOA chief PT Usha says protesting wrestlers tarnishing country’s image; Shashi Tharoor responds

HY News 28 April, 2023 12:33 pm IST

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On the day an ad-hoc committee took over wrestling administration, Indian Olympic Association president PT Usha said sportspersons “protesting on the streets” amounted to indiscipline and were tarnishing the image of the country.

This came after Sports Minister Anurag Thakur had insisted that “Prime Minister Narendra Modiji’s govt has always stood with players” and “sports and athletes are their priority”.

In the meantime, Taking to Twitter Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said “Dear @PTUshaOfficial , it is does not become you to disparage the justified protests of your fellow sportspersons in the face of repeated & wanton sexual harassment. Their standing up for their rights does not “tarnish the image of the nation”. Ignoring their concerns — instead of hearing them out, investigating them & taking just action — does”.

“Wrestlers protesting on streets tarnishing India's image says @PTUshaOfficial” Moitra wrote on Twitter. “So ruling party MP chairing WFI for years accused of molestation & abuse of power against who @DelhiPolice refuses to lodge FIR in spite of SC order makes India smell of roses, does it?” she said, adding the hashtag ‘StopCrawling’.

India's top wrestlers Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia and Sakshi Malik are the three central characters in the renewed protests against WFI president, who has been accused of sexual harassment and intimidation by the grapplers.

The IOA is yet to complete its investigation into the allegations while the government-formed oversight panel's findings have not been made public as yet.

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