This comes after a top Indian athlete accused the chief of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) and other coaches of sexually harassing women wrestlers for years.
Vinesh Phogat, a wrestler alleged that over 10 female wrestlers confessed to her. They apparently said that they were sexually abused by WFI president Brij Bhushan Singh.
The allegations were made on Wednesday during a protest against WFI in the capital Delhi. Mr. Singh however denied all the allegations of sexual misconduct.
The athletes went ahead and said they would not compete in international tournaments until Mr. Singh is removed from the post. They also refused to call down their strike until their concerns are addressed by the Indian government.
Phogat is one of the most decorated women wrestlers in India. She has won medals at the World Championships, Commonwealth Games, and Asian Games.
She revealed that she has not personally been harassed in any way. However, alleged getting death threats from close officials to Mr. Singh. Since Wednesday, several other wrestlers have spoken up against WFI and Mr Singh.
Meanwhile, India’s sports authority has cancelled the women’s national wrestling camp, which was due to be held this week, in wake of the protests.
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