Wrestler Vinesh Phogat Accuses WFI Prez of Sexual Harassment

The wrestlers gathered at the Jantar Mantar to raise their voices against the federation.
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Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat revealed on Wednesday that she was labeled a traitor after her below-par performance at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

While addressing a press meet in Delhi, Phogat said, “Coaches are harassing women, and some coaches who are favourite of the federation misbehave with women coaches as well. They sexually harass girls. The WFI president has sexually harassed so many girls.”

“After the Tokyo Olympics defeat, WFI President called me 'khota sikka'. WFI mentally tortured me. I used to think of ending my life each day. If anything happens to any wrestler, then the responsibility will on WFI president,” she added.

It may be mentioned that India’s top wrestlers Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik, Sumit Malik and many others gathered in the national capital to stage an unprecedented protest against the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI).

The wrestlers gathered at the Jantar Mantar to raise their voices against the federation.

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Meanwhile, Olympic Bronze medalists Punia asked for support from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.

He said, “We want that the management of the Wrestling Federation of India to be changed. We hope the Prime Minister and Home Minister will support us.”

Moreover, the other wrestlers present alleged, “They (federation) interfere in our personal lives as well and bother us. They are exploiting us. When we went to olympics, we didn't have physio or a coach. Since we've raised our voices, we are being threatened.”

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