Emotions Shouldn't Govern Decision-Making": Haryana Deputy CM on Wrestling Federation Controversy
Emotions Shouldn't Govern Decision-Making

Chandigarh: Haryana's Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala commented on recent developments in the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) elections, emphasizing the need for decisions to be made without emotional influence. This comes as Olympic wrestlers Sakshi Malik announced her departure from the sport, and Bajrang Punia returned his Padma Shri award following the election victory of Sanjay Singh, a close aide of former WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.

Chautala stated, "Emotions should not drive decision-making. Federation elections were held, and the results came. But it is not right to take such a big step."

After Sanjay Singh secured victory in the WFI elections, defeating Commonwealth Games gold medallist Anita Sheoran, Sakshi Malik declared her retirement, and Bajrang Punia returned his Padma Shri. The wrestlers had previously accused Sharan Singh of sexual harassment, leading to a protest in January, which was called off after the government ordered an investigation and assured the wrestlers that no aide or relative of Sharan Singh would be allowed to contest subsequent polls. Despite this assurance, Sanjay Singh, a close aide of Sharan Singh, won the recent WFI election by a significant margin.

The situation has raised concerns among the wrestling community, with athletes expressing their dissatisfaction through significant actions such as retiring from the sport and returning prestigious awards. The controversy surrounding the WFI elections continues to unfold as stakeholders grapple with the implications of the recent developments.

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