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Sports Ministry suspends newly-elected Wrestling Federation of India body | More sports News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: The Sports Ministry suspended the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) on Sunday until further notice following an abrupt announcement of the national championships by the newly-elected body.
The WFI, under the leadership of Sanjay Singh and his panel, declared plans to organize the U-15 and U-20 nationals without providing adequate notice for wrestlers to prepare.

The suspension comes in the aftermath of the WFI elections held on December 21, where Sanjay Singh and his supporters, aligned with former president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, secured significant victories in the polls.

“The new body has not followed the WFI constitution. We have not terminated the Federation but suspended till further orders. They just need to follow the due process and the rules,” a sports ministry official told PTI.
The source explained the gounds on which the WFI body was suspended.
“Sanjay Kumar Singh, newly-elected president of WFI announced on 21.12.2023, the day he was elected as president, that U-15 and U-20 nationals for wrestling will take place in Nandini Nagar, Gonda (UP), before the end of this year.

“This announcement is hasty, without giving sufficient notice to wrestlers who are to take part in the said nationals and without following the provisions of the constitution of WFI.
“As per clause 3 (e) of preamble of constitution of WFI, object of the WFI, among others, is to arrange holding of Senior, Junior and Sub Junior National Championships as per UWW Rules at places selected by the Executive Committee,” said the ministry’s source.
(With PTI inputs)



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