Brij Bhushan’s feedback on our medals demeaning: Protesting wrestlers | Extra sports activities Information – Occasions of India

NEW DELHI: Olympic medallist Bajrang Punia has strongly criticised former Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh for his alleged remark downplaying the worth of a medal and suggesting that athletes ought to repay the federal government for his or her coaching bills.
Brij Bhushan, who’s at present going through allegations of sexual harassment by girls wrestlers, acknowledged in a video interview that athletes shouldn’t solely return their medals but additionally reimburse the numerous funds invested of their coaching.

Bajrang, main the protest alongside fellow Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik and Asian Video games gold medallist Vinesh Phogat, expressed his dismay, saying, “He (Brij Bhushan) has not given me the medal in charity. I have earned it for the country with my blood and sweat. He shouldn’t have uttered these words if he truly respects our achievements.”
Sakshi, sharing her perspective, acknowledged, “The medal he (Brij Bhushan) is saying is worth Rs 15, we have sacrificed everything for that. It’s shameful that the champion athletes of the country are seeing such bad days. I have won this medal for the country, no one can put a price on it.”
Supporting the wrestlers, high Congress chief Sachin Pilot visited the protest at Jantar Mantar and emphasised the significance of assembly the wrestlers’ respectable calls for whereas guaranteeing an neutral investigation underneath the regulation.
Because the protest entered its twenty seventh day, girls’s organisations collectively submitted a memorandum to the President, Prime Minister, Dwelling Minister, and Sports activities Minister, demanding the instant arrest of Brij Bhushan. They alleged that since his tenure at WFI, girls wrestlers have confronted ongoing sexual harassment.
The protesting wrestlers reiterated their dedication to proceed the protest till Brij Bhushan is apprehended, highlighting that the deadline for presidency motion is imminent, and a big determination could also be made by the khap mahapanchayat (native council) thereafter.
(With inputs from PTI)

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