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Updated December 24th, 2023 at 11:36 IST

Sakshi Malik worried about female wrestlers as Brijbhushan takes Dec 28 events to his 'area'

Sakshi Malik said that the venue for the events is the 'area' of Brijbhushan Sharan Singh and expressed concern about junior female wrestlers.

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Sakshi Malik
Wrestler Sakshi Malik. | Image:PTI
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Decorated wrestler Sakshi Malik, on Saturday, expressed concern about the junior female wrestlers who are about to participate in wrestling events later this month. BJP MP and former WFI President Brijbhushan Sharan Singh announced earlier today that Under-15 and Under-20 wrestling events will be held from December 28-31 at Nandani Nagar in UP's Gonda. 

In a post on X, Malik said that Gonda is the ‘area’ of Brijbhushan and expressed concern for the female wrestlers and the environment they will face. 

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“I have given up wrestling but I am worried since last night. What should I do about those junior women wrestlers who are calling me and telling me that the junior nationals are going to be held from 28th and the new wrestling federation has decided to hold it in Nandani Nagar Gonda,” the Olympic medallist said in a post on X. 

“Gonda is the area of ​​Brijbhushan. Now imagine in what environment the junior women wrestlers will go there to wrestle. Is there no place in this country to get nationalized anywhere other than Nandani Nagar? I don't understand what to do,” she further said. 

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While speaking to reporters earlier today, Brijbhushan said that the events must be held before 31st because no tournaments were held in 11 months. About the venue, he said that Nandani Nagar has all the infrastructure ready for the events unlike other options. 

Malik announced her exit from the world of wrestling on November 21 after Brijbhushan's close aide Sanjay Singh was elected the new Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) President. 

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Sanjay Singh was elected as the president of the WFI after the panel led by him won 13 of the 15 posts, but the wrestlers who accused Brijbhushan of sexually harassing female athletes cried foul in the election process. 

"Just because I am close to MP (Brij Bhushan) does not mean I am a dummy candidate. Is it a crime if I am close to him?" Sanjay Singh said in response to the opposition to his election. 

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Published December 23rd, 2023 at 21:33 IST

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