In a bold move to voice their dissent against the former Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, star wrestlers Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat, and Sakshi Malik have threatened to resign from their railway jobs. The athletes, who recently participated in a protest demanding justice and accountability within the wrestling community, have accused Singh of resorting to “job threats” in an attempt to silence their voices.
Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat, and Sakshi Malik, all renowned wrestlers and accomplished athletes, have been vocal critics of Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh’s tenure as the WFI president. They have alleged mismanagement, lack of transparency, and favoritism within the wrestling federation, which they believe has hindered the growth and development of the sport in India.
During a recent press conference, Bajrang Punia expressed his outrage, saying, “It is highly disappointing that instead of addressing our concerns, the WFI chief is resorting to job threats. We will not be intimidated. If our railway jobs become tools to impede justice, we are prepared to walk away from them.”
Vinesh Phogat further emphasized the athletes’ stance, stating, “We will not bow down to such tactics. Our priority is the betterment of wrestling and ensuring a fair and transparent system for all athletes. If our railway jobs are seen as obstacles, we will not hesitate to leave them behind.”
Sakshi Malik, an Olympic bronze medalist, also joined in condemning the alleged “job threats” and voiced her support for Punia and Phogat. She said, “It is disheartening to witness such tactics being employed. We stand united in our fight for justice and will not let fear dictate our actions. If necessary, we are ready to make the sacrifice.”
All three wrestlers are currently employed by the Indian Railways, which has been a significant source of support for athletes in India. The jobs provide financial stability and a platform for pursuing their sporting careers. However, the athletes firmly believe that their fight for justice and reform within the wrestling community takes precedence over personal interests.
The wrestlers’ stand against the alleged “job threats” underscores the depth of their frustration and determination to bring about change in Indian wrestling. They are calling for a transparent and accountable governing body that will ensure fair treatment and opportunities for all athletes.
As the wrestling community and sports enthusiasts await further developments, the spotlight remains on Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat, and Sakshi Malik, who have displayed an unwavering commitment to their principles and a resolve to fight for a brighter future for Indian wrestling, regardless of the personal sacrifices they may have to make.