Tuesday, March 5, 2024

‘I quit wrestling!’: Olympics medallist Sakshi Malik announces retirement after Sanjay Singh’s WFI chief elections win

2016 Rio Olympics bronze medallist and India’s wrestling icon Sakshi Malik has announced quitting wrestling following Sanjay Singh being elected as president of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI).

“In the end, we slept for 40 days on the roads but I’d like to thank the several people of our country who came to support us during the protests earlier this year. If Brij Bhushan Singh’s business partner and a close aide is elected as the president of WFI, I quit wrestling…” Malik told media in a press conference in New Delhi on Thursday.

Sanjay Singh who is a long-time aide of Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, won 40 out of 47 votes. Commonwealth Games gold medallist Anita Sheoran, the protesting wrestlers’ choice for the post of WFI president, got just seven votes.

A six-time BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh had to step aside after top wrestlers, including Malikkh, accused him of sexually harassing women wrestlers.

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