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IOA-appointed ad-hoc committee issues stern warning to WFI; Here’s why

IOA-appointed ad-hoc committee issues stern warning to WFI; Here’s why

The IOA appointed ad-hoc committee that runs the sport of Wrestling in the country has issued a warning to the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI). The IOA panel accused the WFI of violating the IOA instructions by “illegally” communicating with a state association. According to a report from PTI, IOA appointed ad-hoc committe member Bhupender […]

The IOA appointed ad-hoc committee that runs the sport of Wrestling in the country has issued a warning to the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI). The IOA panel accused the WFI of violating the IOA instructions by “illegally” communicating with a state association.

According to a report from PTI, IOA appointed ad-hoc committe member Bhupender Singh Bajwa has sent a letter to the disbanded WFI general secretary V N Prasood on Sunday. He was warned of “disciplinary measures” and requested him from refraining from activities that “run contrary to the IOA’s instructions”.

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IOA committee warns WFI

“It has come to our notice that, as the General Secretary of the Wrestling Federation of India, you have been in continued correspondence with the affiliated units of the WFI, contravening the IOA order,” Bajwa has said in his letter.

It has been reported that Prasood had issued a circular to the Maharashtra State Wrestling Association. This has been deemed as an act that is unconstitutional and in violation of established laws.

“The Ad-hoc Committee is dedicated to working collaboratively with all affiliated units to enhance the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI).”

“However, it is imperative to emphasise that any actions taken in defiance of IOA directives may result in disciplinary measures against those who willingly participate in or persist with such illegal activities, ultimately working against the broader interests of wrestling in India,” the letter added.

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The letter further added that until an “amicable resolution” is found, people should refrain from such activities.

The IOA had constituted an ad-hoc committee to run wrestling affairs after the WFI was suspended following accusations of sexual harassment against its president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh

The IOA ad-hoc committee was expected to hand over the functioning of the WFI to the new office-bearers but legal issues have forced several postponements of the elections.

Before the World Championships in Belgrade in September the international body, United World Wrestling (UWW), suspended the WFI for failing to hold the elections in the designated time frame.

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