WFI is suspended by the World Wrestling Federation.

Wrestlers from India (WFI) will be unable to compete in world championships under the Indian flag as a result of the decision.

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World wrestling body suspends WFI
Vinesh, Punia and Malik were seen protesting against Brij Bhusan.(AFP)


The United World Wrestling (UWW) suspended the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) on Thursday for the delay in holding elections. The judgement implies that Indian wrestlers will be unable to compete under the Tricolour at the world championships, which begin on September 16 in Serbia. They must participate under a neutral flag.
The global body’s directive will apply to all UWW events until the suspension is lifted. Because the Asian Games are organised by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), Indian wrestlers would be permitted to compete under the national flag.
Due to judicial cases, the WFI election has been postponed. The Supreme Court, which had already overturned an election stay, may hear the matter on Friday.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court issued the present stay on WFI elections on August 11, one day before the polls. The Deepinder Hooda-led Haryana Amateur Wrestling Association had petitioned the court, requesting that it, rather than the Haryana Wrestling Association, be permitted to vote in the elections.
On May 30, the UWW sent a warning to Indian authorities, requesting that WFI elections be held within 45 days or face suspension.
“Failure to do so may result in UWW suspending the federation, forcing the athletes to compete under a neutral flag.” “It is recalled that UWW already took action in this situation earlier this year by relocating the Asian Championship scheduled for New Delhi,” added the UWW statement.
UWW has also requested that IOA and the ad hoc committee in charge of WFI keep them updated on the elections. This is due to the fact that the WFI was suspended by the sports ministry in April.
When asked about UWW’s decision, IOA interim CEO Kalyan Chaubey responded, “We will issue a statement.” PT Usha, the president of the IOA, did not return phone calls or text messages.
Officials informed of the development stated that it was the IOA’s responsibility to inform the UWW of the election postponement due to court matters and to request more time. The officials requested anonymity in order to safeguard ties.
The WFI election process began in July, but it was halted twice by courts, first by the Guwahati High Court and subsequently by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
Sanjay Kumar Singh, a Singh supporter, and 2010 CWG winner Anita Sheoran, who has the backing of the protesting wrestlers, are two contenders for president.
“It’s a bad day for Indian wrestling today.” The country’s wrestlers will be unable to compete under the Tricolour due to Brij Bhushan and his goons. The Tricolour is the pride of the country, and every player’s desire is to run with the Tricolour in the field after winning. “How much harm will Brij Bhushan and his men cause to the country?” asked Bajrang Punia and Sakshi Malik on X, the social networking platform formerly known as Twitter.
Punia and Malik, along with Vinesh Phogat, have been at the forefront of rallies against Brij Bhusan Sharan Singh, who is accused of “sexual harassment” in court. The UWW has stated that it is “monitoring” the demonstration. Brij Bhusan Sharan Singh, who completed three terms as president earlier this year, is ineligible to run again.
Trials on Friday
The IOA’s ad hoc committee, which is now overseeing WFI, has arranged two-day selection trials for the world championships in Patiala beginning on Friday. “There will be no change in the schedule of the trials,” an official stated.
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