India’s only Olympic track-and-field gold medalist Neeraj Chopra came in support of protesting wrestlers at Jantar-Mantar in Delhi. He said it “hurts” him to see his fellow athletes taking the streets to demand “justice.” Wrestlers are protesting against Wrestling Federation of India and its President staging sit-in at Jantar-Mantar in Delhi. They accuse Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh of managing functioning of Federation autonomously.
Taking to his official Twitter account, Chopra wrote, “It hurts me to see our athletes on the streets demanding justice. They have worked hard to represent our great nation and make us proud. As a nation, we are responsible for safeguarding the integrity and dignity of every individual, athlete or not.”
— Neeraj Chopra (@Neeraj_chopra1) April 28, 2023
“What’s happening should never happen. This is a sensitive issue, and must be dealt with in an impartial and transparent manner. Pertaining authorities must take quick action in order to ensure that justice is served.”
It may be noted that many legendary players have once again staged sit – in at Jantar Mantar in Delhi. They accuse Braj Bhushan Sharan, head of Wrestling Federation of India, of running the association in an arbitrary manner. Besides, Indian wrestler and Olympian Vinesh Phogat has accused the association of sexual exploitation of women players.