Wrestling Federation of India president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh was criticised by Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat, and Sakshi Malik for reportedly making “job threats.”
Ace wrestlers Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat, and Sakshi Malik, who have resumed their official duties with Indian Railways but have made it clear that they did not leave the protest, accused Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, head of the Wrestling Federation of India, of making “job threats” in a covert attack on Monday.
Wrestlers Blackmailed By WFI Chief
Olympic medalists Sakshi and Punia, as well as Asian Games and Commonwealth champion Vinesh, alleged that they were being blackmailed with threats of losing their employment. They did not specifically name the WFI chief, however.
Olympic medalists Punia and Sakshi Malik earlier declared on Monday that they would keep fighting for justice, claiming that none of the wrestlers had given up and dismissing rumours to the contrary as efforts to “sabotage” the protest.
Punia claimed that the rumours about us leaving the movement were just “rumours” and that the rumours about female wrestlers reclaiming the FIR were also “false.”
Punia, Vinesh, and Malik later obliquely criticised the WFI president, who had allegedly sexually abused female wrestlers, including a kid, in another tweet. The accusations against Brij Bhushan are untrue.
Punia tweeted that their lives were on the line and that they would be willing to continue working if their jobs were perceived as standing in the way of justice.
Olympic Medals Are Worth 15 Rupees
Those who said that each of our medals was worth $15 are now vying for our jobs. A job is a pretty little thing in comparison to the fact that our lives are at stake. We won’t take even ten seconds to leave a job if we believe it to be a barrier to justice. Do not use our work as leverage for extortion, Vinesh, Malik, and Punia all tweeted in Hindi.
It should be mentioned that Brij Bhushan was questioned about the wrestlers’ obligation to refund the money during a recent appearance on a local channel. They should refund the money, the WFI director is heard stating. The price of the medals is $15.
In a demonstration against Brij Bhushan, Bajrang, Sakshi, and fellow Olympian and World Championship medalist Vinesh Phogat have been calling for his arrest.
Vinesh criticises people who are “spreading false” reports
Asian Games gold medalist Vinesh unleashed a broadside against people “spreading fake news” about the wrestlers’ strike, accusing them of “trembling” in front of a “goon” and using a line from Urdu poet Abid Adeeb.
Do people who promote false information even understand the suffering that female wrestlers endure? Vinesh said that weak media have legs that begin to tremble in front of a goon’s hunter rather than a female wrestler.
Everybody’s attempts to get there have failed, so the same place will now get its way. were the words of Abid Adeeb that the bronze medalist from the World Championships recalled as she ended her tweet.