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Wrestlers’ performance hurt India’s image: PT Usha

New Delhi, April 27 (Agency)

Lashing out at the protesting wrestlers, Indian Olympic Association president PT Usha on Thursday said street protests were indiscipline and tarnishing the country’s image. Several wrestlers, including star wrestlers Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia and Sakshi Malik, are sitting on a dharna at Jantar Mantar over allegations of sexual harassment and intimidation of wrestlers against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. The IOA is yet to complete its probe into the allegations while the probe by a government-appointed monitoring panel is yet to be made public.

Speaking to reporters after the IOA’s executive committee meeting, Usha said, “We understand their sentiments regarding complaints of sexual harassment. The IOA has a committee and a players commission. Instead of hitting the streets, they should have come to us, but none of them came to the IOA. IOA Joint Secretary Kalyan Choubey said, “IOA President PT Usha would like to say that this kind of agitation is not good for the image of the country. India has a good reputation globally. This negative publicity is not good for the country.

Center with sports and sportspersons: Anurag Thakur

Shimla (Nis) : Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur has said that the central government stands with sports and sportspersons and has listened to wrestlers who have raised their voice about sexual harassment. He said that the government will take action as per rules if found guilty in the allegations leveled by the wrestlers.

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