Olympian Vinesh Phogat spoke to the media and said that it’s very hard to oppose someone who has been abusing their power and authority for a long time.
Vinesh Phogat, a famous wrestler from India, has been protesting with other top wrestlers at Jantar Mantar against the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief and BJP MP, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. Vinesh finds it challenging to oppose someone who has been misusing their power for a long time.
The wrestlers are protesting because the WFI chief has been accused of sexual harassment, and they want him to be arrested.
Vinesh Phogat said its difficult to stand against powerful people
Yesterday, Vinesh Phogat spoke to the media and said that it’s very hard to oppose someone who has been using their power and authority wrongly for a long time.
Prior to commencing their protest at Jantar Mantar, the wrestlers had a meeting with an official for the first time, as stated by her.
Vinesh added that they had met with an official about three to four months before they started protesting at Jantar Mantar. They had explained to the official how women athletes were facing sexual harassment and mental torture. They protested because there was no action taken even after the meeting.
Vinesh Phogat criticized the Union Sports Minister, Anurag Thakur, for not doing anything about the matter and trying to cover it up by forming a committee.
Vinesh Phogat said that they had a conversation with the Union Sports Minister, Anurag Thakur, during their protest, and they informed him about the sexual harassment issue. He formed a committee to suppress the matter, but it was ineffective.
Wrestler Bajrang Punia clarified that their protest is not about new rules for Olympic selection, but it’s regarding the serious issue of sexual harassment allegations against the WFI chief.
Bajrang Punia said that the WFI chief is trying to claim that they are protesting because of the new rules for Olympic selection, but that’s not true. The real issue is about the serious allegations of sexual harassment. He also clarified that the selection for the Olympics will be based on trials conducted by the federation.
Wrestler criticizes Union Minister Anurag Thakur
On Saturday, the WFI chief stated that if he resigns from his position, it would mean that he is accepting the allegations made by the wrestlers against him.
Vinesh Phogat retorted to the WFI chief’s statement by stating that they solely seek justice to be delivered.
On Friday, Delhi Police registered two FIRs against the WFI president, Singh, due to allegations of sexual harassment and exploitation of female wrestlers.
The BJP MP claimed that 90% of Haryana players support him, and only one wrestling family is protesting against him at Jantar Mantar.
On April 26, the wrestlers organized a candle march at Jantar Mantar, where they requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to hear their grievances.
During a conversation with the media, wrestler Sakshee Malikkh appealed to PM Modi to pay attention to their concerns. She added that even Smriti Irani is not listening to their grievances. Through the candle march, they aim to bring their problems to the attention of the authorities.
For the past six days, the wrestlers have been living and practicing at the protest location near Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.