After IOA ad-hoc panel’s determination of a one-bout trial, the protesting wrestlers have been going through opposition from fellow wrestlers over the past couple of days as London Olympic bronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt questioned if the grapplers had been agitating to get such favours.
Dutt had additionally levelled another allegations and the trio of Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik and Vinesh Phogat addressed their followers on social media, responding to the feedback made by the previous wrestler and now a BJP chief.
“We did not ask for exemption from trials, just asked for time to prepare,” stated Sakshi Malik.
“We didn’t take away anybody’s rights. We had just asked for time as we have been away from wrestling for six months, but you are spreading wrong information,” Malik, the 2016 Rio Olympics bronze medallist, stated.
Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Bajrang stated they’ll stop wrestling whether it is proved that they’d requested for simply one-bout trial for the Asian Video games and World Championships.
“If you had problems about one-trial bout, you should have approached the sports minister and asked on what basis they are taking the trials. But you chose to spread poison through social media,” he stated.
“We are ready to quit wrestling if it is proved that we asked for exemption. We never wrote any letter for exemption. If our elders feel that we have done anything wrong. We will quit.”
Nonetheless not one of the three wrestlers stated if they’re prepared to compete in full draw and won’t settle for direct entry into the ultimate.
It has been learnt that it was Gian Singh and Ashoak Garg, the 2 coaches who had been added to the ad-hoc panel, who had sought exemption from trials for six wrestlers.
Each Gian Singh and Ashoak Garg had been with the wrestlers at Jantar Mantar throughout their protest.
Sakshi requested Dutt to chorus from spreading unsuitable message that the six wrestlers “just wanted to win and participate in one trial.”
“In our life, we have never gone without any trials and never ever deprived any junior,” she stated.
Other than this trio, Bajrang’s spouse Sangeeta Phogat, Sakshi’s husband Satywart Kadian and Jitender Kinha got exemption.
Dutt had posted a twitter video on Friday, questioning the logic and standards behind the choice.
After Dutt’s tweet, Vinesh had slammed Dutt, saying that the wrestling world will keep in mind him for being a spineless lackey of Brij Bhushan.
Dutt was one of many six members of the oversight panel fashioned by the federal government to probe the sexual harassment allegations in opposition to Singh.
Bajrang additionally alleged that Dutt had participated within the 2015 World Championships regardless of being not match and it amounted to betrayal.
“In 2015, you (Dutt) betrayed the nation. I have proof of that. You had gone for an ACL surgery just one month before the World Championships. The second person was Amit Dhankar. He could have qualified but due to your injury you neither played the tournament nor did you provide your weight (category).”
Dutt was pressured to drag out of the 2015 Wrestling World Championships within the USA after being discovered unfit on the eleventh hour, leaving the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) red-faced.
This comment was in response to Dutt’ allegation that Vinesh had pulled out of Indoor Asian Video games on the final minute. Dutt had stated she had obtained a spot on the Indian crew with out showing and trials however later selected to not compete, ending India’s medal probabilities in that weight class.
Dutt had additionally alleged that Vinesh had obtained her hisband’s relative Om Prakash Dahiya a hefty Rs 25 lkah prize cash from the Haryana authorities although it was her actual coach Mahabir Phogat who deserved the money reeard. Responding to that Vinesh stated, “You made a mistake. The amount was Rs 35 lakh. He deserved it because he trained me and worked hard. He is Dronacharya (Lifetime) awardee, he had trained more than 100 wrestlters.” Vinesh additionally stated she did no unsuitable by getting a posting of her selection. “It was just a posting not Prime Ministership,” she stated.
(With inputs from PTI)