WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh vows to put up a fight

The BJP MP made no reference to the sexual harassment allegations levied against him but expressed his determination to continue fighting until he no longer has the strength to do so

WFI President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh
The Delhi Police had on Friday registered two FIRs against Singh on allegations of sexual harassment levelled by seven women wrestlers. File photo

Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, the embattled chief of India’s national wrestling federation, on Thursday (April 27), stated his intention to vigorously defend himself against allegations of sexual harassment made by the country’s top wrestlers.

In a video message, the BJP MP, without making a mention of the allegations against him, indicated that he would not accept defeat till he has strength for fight.

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“Friends, the day I reflect on my life, what I gained or lost, the day I feel I don’t have the strength to fight, the day I feel helpless, I won’t like to live a life like that. Instead of living such a life, I would wish that death embraces me,” he said.

Star wrestlers, including World Championships medal winner Vinesh Phogat, Olympic medallists Bajrang Punia and Sakshi Malik, have made sexual harassment allegations against Brij Bhushan and have been sitting on an indefinite protest at Jantar Mantar here.

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The elite athletes resumed their agitation against the Wrestling Federation of India chief on Sunday, three months after they ended their sit-in protest following the formation of an oversight committee by the government to probe into the serious allegations.

The Sports Ministry has not yet made public the findings of a six-member oversight panel that submitted its report on April 5.

(With agency inputs)