The upcoming election in the Wrestling Federation of India might be a red latter moment for the Indian wrestling as CWG 2010 Gold medallist Anita Sheoran is making an honest attempt to succeed Brij Bhushan Singh, accused of sexually harassing women wrestlers during his tenure.
Anita, the 2010 New Delhi Commonwealth Games gold medallist, filed her candidature on Monday, the last day of filing nominations for the August 12 elections.
If she wins the male-dominated election, then she will be first women to head an ancient Indian sport administration.
Notably, Anita is the lone woman in the 50-member voters’ and candidate list. As per The Indian Express, the 38-year-old is likely to be up against the strong candidature of Olympian Jai Prakash, president of the Delhi wresting association and Sanjay Singh Bhola of Uttar Pradesh – both from Brij Bhushan Singh’s camp.
BJP MP Brij Bhushan Singh, held a long meeting on Monday and claimed that they have the support of at least 20 out of the 25 state units.
Meanwhile, Anita is counting on the backing from protesting wrestlers, who the government claims will have a major say in the election results.
Notably, Anita is one of the corroborators of the allegations of sexual harassment against Brij Bhushan. In June, CWG Gold medallist Anita Sheoran had told The Indian Express that one of the complainants had called her from a tournament abroad to ‘share’ the incident where Brij Bhushan had allegedly called her to his room and ‘forcibly’ hugged her.
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