Former Indian captain and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly spoke about the wrestlers' protests on Friday. Many prominent Indian wrestlers like Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat, and Sakshi Malik have been protesting against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) President, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.
The wrestlers have accused Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh of sexually harassing at least seven female wrestlers, including a minor and intimidation and have continued their protests at Jantar Mantar in Delhi since April 23. Addressing these protests, Ganguly spoke about how he is not completely aware of the situation and hopes that the matter gets resolved.
“Let them fight their battle. I don't know what's happening there, I just read in the newspapers. In the sports world, I realised one thing that you don't talk about things you don't have complete knowledge of,” Ganguly said at an event. “So, I hope it gets resolved. The wrestlers have won a lot of medals and brought accolades to the country. Hopefully, it will be resolved,” he further added.
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Going back to Jantar Mantar, things took a horrific turn as wrestlers alleged that they were attacked by drunk policemen late Wednesday night. The wrestlers have spoken about how they were manhandled while they were trying to bring in cots to the protest site. After this confrontation, Rio Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi Malik was in tears while Vinesh Phogat was seen arguing with the officials at the location.
Addressing the incident to the media, Tokyo Olympics medallist Bajrang Punia talked about the wrestlers were trying to bring in beds as the streets were wet because of rain. He said, “Since it rained today, the streets are wet. That’s why we were trying to get a bed to the protest site. They’re abusing us. This is how they respect daughters.”