Wrestlers in late-night huddle with Union sports minister Anurag Thakur, may file FIR against WFI chief

NEW DELHI: The government on Thursday failed to convince the agitating wrestlers to call off their protest demanding resignation of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief

Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh over charges of sexual misconduct and intimidation, with the country’s top grapplers threatening to lodge a police complaint against Singh if he doesn’t

resign by Friday evening. Late on Thursday night, sports minister Anurag Thakur met the wrestlers and assured them that the issue will be resolved soon. Live:

Wrestlers protest updates Refusing to wait till Saturday evening when the government’s deadline seeking explanation from Singh and WFI office-bearers expires, the

protesters, led by Olympic medallists Bajrang Punia and Sakshi Malik and double World Championships medallist Vinesh Phogat, upped the ante on the second day of their peaceful

sit-in by demanding not only Singh’s resignation but also the disbanding of the WFI and all its affiliated state units. 97150139 The wrestlers’ confrontational

approach forced Singh to call for an “extraordinary general body meeting” of the WFI on Sunday in Ayodhya to discuss the raging controversy. Speculation is rife that Singh will

resign, but it won’t be easy to politically sideline the BJP strongman in Uttar Pradesh with the next general elections due in early 2024. READ ALSO: Babita Phogat

comes with 'message' from govt; wrestlers demand new federation