IOA Dissolves Ad-hoc Committee For Wrestling, WFI To Take Charge


The Indian Olympic Association on Monday dissolved the ad-hoc committee for wrestling, saying it has “no further need” to run the sport after the suspension on the national federation, which has now got full administrative control, was revoked. The IOA said the decision was also guided by the successful conduct of the selection trials for next month's Olympic qualifying tournament, for which the panel had collaborated with the WFI.

The ad-hoc committee was formed in December last year after the Sports Ministry suspended the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), which was dealt a blow when the suspension was imposed on it by the global governing body – United World Wrestling. Was removed in February.

“The decision to dissolve the ad-hoc committee has been taken in the light of the lifting of the ban imposed on the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) by United World Wrestling (UWW) and the successful completion of the selection trials by the ad-hoc committee appointed by the IOA.” As per the directions of the Honorable Delhi High Court,” the IOA said in the order issued on March 10.

The ad-hoc committee was formed under the chairmanship of Bhupender Singh Bajwa on December 23 after the newly elected WFI led by Sanjay Singh allegedly violated its rules.

Earlier this month, the panel had conducted trials to select teams for the Asian Championships and Asian Olympic Qualifiers to be held in Kyrgyzstan next month.

The opposing pair of Vinesh Phogat and Bajrang Punia participated in the trials and Vinesh Phogat made the cut for the Olympic qualifiers in the 50 kg category.

After the successful completion of the trials, the reins of the game have been handed over to the WFI.

The IOA directed the WFI to appoint a “Safety Committee Officer” to address concerns of sexual harassment and other issues such as adherence to rules.

“…as directed by the UWW, it is imperative that a Safety Committee/Officer is formed as soon as possible to address the concerns of WFI abuse and harassment and ensure adherence to all rules, regulations and guidelines set forth by the UWW and other concerned officers,” the IOA letter said.

“Furthermore, the WFI has also been directed to conduct the Athletes Commission elections in a time bound manner as per the established procedures and guidelines.

“This step is necessary to promote athlete representation and participation in the decision-making processes of the WFI.”

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