The reasons why the wrestlers are protesting, such as allegations of corruption, mismanagement, and abuse.

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Prominent Indian wrestlers have been protesting against corruption, mismanagement, and abuse in the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) for months. The protests have intensified in recent weeks, with wrestlers boycotting national championships and threatening to withdraw from international competitions.

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The wrestlers are demanding the resignation of WFI President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, who they accuse of corruption, nepotism, and sexual harassment. They also say that the WFI has mismanaged funds and failed to provide adequate training and support for wrestlers.


The protests have drawn attention to the poor state of wrestling in India. The country has a long and rich history of wrestling, but it has struggled to compete with other countries in recent years. India has not won a gold medal in wrestling at the Olympics since 2000.

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The wrestlers’ protests have put pressure on the Indian government to take action. The Prime Minister, President, and Sports Minister have all been silent on the issue. However, the Sports Minister has met with the wrestlers and promised to investigate their complaints.


It remains to be seen whether the government will take any action against the WFI or Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. However, the wrestlers’ protests have raised important questions about the state of wrestling in India and the role of the government in protecting athletes from corruption, mismanagement, and abuse.


Questions for the Prime Minister, President, and Sports Minister:


  • Why have you not spoken out about the wrestlers’ protests?
  • What are you doing to address the allegations of corruption, mismanagement, and abuse in the Wrestling Federation of India?
  • What are you doing to protect athletes from corruption, mismanagement, and abuse?
  • The wrestlers’ protests are a sign that something is wrong with the way wrestling is governed in India. The government must take action to address the wrestlers’ concerns and ensure that all athletes have the opportunity to compete fairly and without fear of abuse. 

Wrestling’s world governing body has issued its first statement about the protests by the Indian wrestlers. pic.twitter.com/7mJxWoomQv

— ESPN India (@ESPNIndia) May 30, 2023

A massive crowd gathered to take part in the candlelight march being organised by Indian wrestlers to mark one month of their protest against sidelined WFI chief #BrijBhushanSharanSingh. | @ButaniAshna pic.twitter.com/NGc2EZvGSX

— The Quint (@TheQuint) May 23, 2023

Union Minister for External Affairs & Culture @M_Lekhi has time to innagurate and dedicate Water coolers and Toilets but when asked to answer about #WrestlersProtest 👇pic.twitter.com/BNfhlfWxyd https://t.co/NZLlzJt38y

— Mohammed Zubair (@zoo_bear) May 30, 2023