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“Some People Trying To Take Our Protest In Different Direction”: Wrestlers


“We are here to fight for justice,” the wrestlers said. (File photo)

New Delhi:

India’s top wrestlers Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat and Sakshee Malik said that attempts are being made to misdirect their protest.

During their press conference on Saturday, they denied the allegations that they did not want to play the nationals. They said this allegation was baseless and the real issue was of sexual harassment.

“Some people are trying to take our protest in a different direction so I want to tell you that we deny such things and we are here to fight for justice. We are here to fight for women. They are trying to twist the meaning of our protest. people who are here to support us they are here to ask for justice for women. There is no politics going on here because women come first, politics comes after that,” Bajrang Punia said at the press conference.

“We were accused of not playing nationals. I just want to say that the change in rules of national (competition) he is talking about are baseless, they are false and they are trying to break us,” Vinesh Phogat said at the press conference.

“This is not about nationals it is about sexual harassment. Sports is different from it. You are facing allegations you should answer those questions.”

Earlier World Wrestling Federation Chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said that wrestlers are trying to come up with new demands.

“Every day they (wrestlers) are coming with their new demands. They demanded FIR, FIR was registered and now they are saying that I should be sent to jail and resign from all posts. I am MP because of the people of my constituency and not because of Vinesh Phogat. Only one family and Akhara (are protesting). Why not people from any other place complaining? Why players from other states Himachal, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and other states are not coming forward? 90 per cent of players of Haryana are with me,” said WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh while speaking with media.



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