Indian federation suspended for failing to hold elections on time

Indian federation suspended for failing to hold elections on time

The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has been banned by the United World Wrestling (UWW) due to its failure to hold fresh elections following a sexual harassment scandal. The UWW conveyed its decision to suspend the WFI in a letter to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA). Kalyan Chaubey, the acting CEO of the IOA, confirmed receiving the letter but did not provide further details. The WFI President, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, was charged with sexual harassment and criminal intimidation last month after female wrestlers staged a sit-in protest in April. Singh, who is also a member of parliament from India’s ruling party, has denied any wrongdoing and was granted bail. In May, the UWW had warned that it would suspend the WFI if fresh elections were not held within 45 days. The elections, originally scheduled for August 12, were postponed due to legal disputes. The UWW has not yet responded to a request for more information. As a result of the suspension, Indian wrestlers will compete as neutral athletes at the World Championships in Belgrade in September.

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