MC Mary Kom to lead Oversight Committee to probe allegations against WFI president

The government-appointed Committee will also run the day-to-day affairs of WFI for the next one month.

Thakur had decided to form the Committee on Saturday following a three-day sit-in protest by some of the country’s top wrestlers including Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik and Ravi Dahiya against WFI and Singh.

Thakur had decided to form the Committee on Saturday following a three-day sit-in protest by some of the country’s top wrestlers including Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik and Ravi Dahiya against WFI and Singh. | Photo Credit: PTI

The government-appointed Committee will also run the day-to-day affairs of WFI for the next one month.

Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur on Monday announced that multiple World champion and Olympic medallist boxer M. C. Mary Kom will head the Oversight Committee formed by the Government to investigate the charges levelled by some prominent wrestlers against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh and others.

Olympic medallist wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, shuttler Trupti Murgunde, who is a Mission Olympic Cell member, former Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) CEO Commander Rajesh Rajagopalan and former Executive Director (Team) of Sports Authority of India (SAI) Radhica Sreeman are the other members of the committee.

“This Mary Kom-led five-member committee will hear each side and investigate the serious charges levelled by the wrestlers and will submit its report within a month. Till then the committee will carry out the day-to-day work of the WFI,” said Thakur.

The panel will probe the allegations of sexual misconduct, harassment and intimidation, financial irregularities and administrative lapse, said a release.

The Ministry has instructed the WFI executive committee to abstain from managing the day-to-day activities of the federation until further communication.

Mary and Yogeshwar are also part of the seven-member committee (also including archer Dola Banerjee, Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWLF) president and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) treasurer Sahdev Yadav, IOA joint secretary Alaknanda Ashok and advocates Talish Ray and Shlok Chandra) formed by the IOA to look into the wrestlers’ allegation. Mary also leads the IOA panel.

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