Vinesh Phogat to return Awards; writes to PM Modi

Sanjay Singh, a loyalist of Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, was elected as the WFI president, leading to dissatisfaction among wrestlers who opposed associates of Brij Bhushan in WFI administration.

Wrestling Federation of India Election:

Vinesh's decision follows the footsteps of Olympic medalist Bajrang Punia and Deaflympics champion Virender Singh Yadav, who returned their Padma Shri awards in solidarity.

Olympic Medalists Respond:

Vinesh Phogat officially announces the return of her Major Dhyanchand Khel Ratna and Arjuna Award through a letter posted on social media.

Vinesh's Official Statement:

Sanjay Singh's election as the WFI president triggers reactions within the wrestling community, with demands for transparency and exclusion of Brij Bhushan's close associates.

Sanjay Singh's Victory:

Sakshi Malik, Rio Olympics bronze medalist, announces her decision to quit the sport in response to the election outcome, reflecting the turbulence within Indian wrestling.

Impact on Wrestlers:

The Sports Ministry intervenes, suspending the newly-elected panel for not following due procedure and hasty decisions, emphasizing the need for an ad-hoc panel to manage the affairs of the Wrestling Federation of India.

Sports Ministry's Response: