Sports Ministry suspends newly-formed Wrestling Federation Of India body© PTI

The Sports Ministry of India has suspended newly-formed Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) body led by Sanjay Singh. Singh, a close aide of BJP MP and former WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, was elected the new president of the wrestling body on Thursday. Sanjay Singh won 40 out of 47 votes in a sweeping victory over Anita Sheoran, a Commonwealth Games gold medallist who was backed by top wrestlers who had taken to the streets earlier over sexual harassment allegations against Brij Bhushan.

Sanjay Singh has earlier served as vice-president of the Uttar Pradesh wrestling body. He was part of the WFI’s last executive council and its joint secretary since 2019.

The decision was taken over ‘hasty’ announcements of national competitions and the sports ministry said that the move was made without ‘following the provisions of the constitution of WFI’.

“Such decisions are to be taken by Executive Committee, before which agendas are required to be placed for consideration. As per Article XI of the WFI  constitution under the Heading ‘Notices and Quorum for Meetings’,  minimum notice period for EC meeting is 15 clear days and quorum is of 1/3rd of representatives. Even for Emergency EC meeting, minimum notice period is 7 clear days with quorum requirement of 1/3rd of representatives.” Sports Ministry said in a press release.

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