Sanjay Singh, the President of the suspended Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), asserted on Monday that they don’t acknowledge the suspension imposed by the Sports activities Ministry on their newly-elected physique, nor do they recognise the Advert-hoc committee.
Earlier within the day, the Union Sports activities Ministry declared that the suspended WFI lacks the authority to arrange the Senior Nationwide Championships. Any event hosted by them could be deemed “unsanctioned” and “unrecognised.”
After the conclusion of the WFI elections final month, the Sports activities Ministry suspended the physique three days later after the newly elected WFI president Sanjay Singh introduced the internet hosting of the U-15 and U-20 nationals at Nandini Nagar within the Gonda district of Uttar Pradesh by the top of the 12 months. On the identical time, following its determination, the Ministry instructed the Indian Olympic Affiliation (IOA) to kind an ad-hoc committee to handle and management the affairs of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI).
In defiance, Singh refused to acknowledge the committee, stating that they’re an “autonomous physique” and can’t be banned.
“The Wrestling Federation has not been suspended. Solely the actions are halted. We’re an autonomous physique, it can’t be banned. We’re doing our work… We don’t take into account the Advert-hoc committee…” Singh advised the reporters on Monday.
“It has come to the discover of the Ministry that you’ve got issued a Round bearing No. WFI/Senior Nationwide/Maharashtra/2024 dated 06.01.2024 on the letterhead of the Wrestling Federation of India relating to conduct of Senior Nationwide Wrestling Championship 2023 at Pune (Maharashtra) from 2931 January 2024,” Ministry mentioned in a letter.
“As per this Ministry’s order dated 24.12.2023, you haven’t any authority to difficulty such a Round or to make use of the letterhead of the Wrestling Federation of India whereby you declare affiliation of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports activities,” the letter added.
“You need to instantly stop and desist utilizing the letterhead of the Wrestling Federation of India for such prohibited functions and utilizing the identify, logos and insignia of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports activities, Authorities of India in violation of the provisions of the Nationwide Sports activities Growth Code of India, 2011(Sports activities Code) and the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1950. Any championships or competitions organized by you the suspended Government Committee members of the WFI – will likely be handled as unsanctioned and unrecognized competitions,” the letter learn.
“Certificates of participation and medals received in championships carried out by the WFI will likely be of no consequence and won’t be thought-about for eligibility below any scheme of the federal government or appointment to authorities jobs/to get admission in class and schools below sports activities quota, sports activities awards, and so forth. Till additional orders, solely Nationwide Wrestling Championships for numerous age classes organized below the supervision of the IOA-appointed Advert hoc Committee for Wrestling will likely be handled as sanctioned and acknowledged championships for wrestling below the Sports activities Code and all authorities advantages will solely accrue to the sportspersons taking part in such Nationwide championships organised by the Advert hoc Committee,” the letter added.
India’s wrestling has seen a significant shift for the reason that conclusion of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) elections. After Singh’s victory within the WFI elections, emotional Sakshi broke down as she left the venue saying her retirement from wrestling whereas addressing a press convention within the nationwide capital. Nonetheless, the WFI physique witnessed a significant twist after the Union Sports activities Ministry suspended the newly elected physique.
In the meantime, Olympic medalist Bajrang Punia returned his Padma Shri award, and two-time World Championships medalist Vinesh Phogat introduced that she will likely be returning her Main Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award and Arjuna Award after ace wrestler Bajrang Punia additionally returned his Padma Shri.
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First Printed: Jan 09 2024 | 7:16 AM IST