The Sports Ministry has suspended the newly formed Wrestling Federation of India body, which is led by Sanjay Singh. On Sunday, December 24, the ministry made its verdict public, stating that the WFI body had demonstrated utter contempt for the laws and guidelines in place.
In an official release, the Sports Ministry said that the announcement for national competitions was hasty and that due process was not followed.
According to the ministry, Sanjay Kumar Singh, the recently elected body’s president, declared on December 21 that the junior national contests will start before the end of the year. The government explained that this was against the guidelines as the wrestlers needed to have at least 15 days’ notice to prepare.
“Such decisions (holding nationals) are to be taken by Executive Committee, before which agendas are required to be placed for consideration. As per Article XI of the WFI constitution under the Heading ‘Notices and Quorum for Meetings’, minimum notice period for EC meeting is 15 clear days and quorum is of 1/3rd of representatives. Even for Emergency EC meeting, minimum notice period is 7 clear days with quorum requirement of 1/3rd of representatives,” the ministry said in its press release.
In the release, the Sports Ministry also said that the recently established body appears to be entirely controlled by former office holders who have been accused of sexual harassment.