NEW DELHI: The union sports ministry has announced the suspension of Vinod Tomarassistant secretary of Indian Wrestling Federation (WFI) the Saturday.
The suspended WFI official denied any communication regarding his suspension, saying the news came to him via ANI when the news agency contacted him for a reaction to the announcement.
“I was not aware of this. I only learned through a call from ANI that I had been suspended. I did not receive any prior information about it. I did nothing wrong “, Vinod Tomar told ANI on Saturday.
Tomar on Saturday called the charges against federation president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh “baseless”.
Speaking to ANI, Tomar said the wrestlers, who sat in a dharna at the Jantar Mantar in Delhi and brought allegations of sexual harassment and financial irregularities against the president of IFMhave produced no evidence to support their claims.
“The allegations are baseless. It’s been 3-4 days (since the wrestlers sat down to protest) and they still haven’t produced any evidence. I’ve been associated with them for 12 years and have never met such an incident or allegation,” Tomar told ANI.
He added that the WFI chairman had stepped down from his post pending investigation against him by the Union Sports Department.
“He has stepped down from his post pending the completion of the ongoing investigation against him. He has not resigned but has stepped away from the day-to-day business of WFI, pending investigation,” added Tomar.
After securing guarantees from the government that their grievances against the WFI chief and other senior officials would be redressed, the Indian wrestlers called off their protest on Friday night.
After late night talks with the protesting star grapplers, the union’s sports minister Anurag Thakur announced that Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh would “retire” from the day-to-day affairs of the WFI until the seven-member “oversight committee” headed by Olympian MC Marykom completes its investigation into the allegations against him.
The commission of inquiry was given a four-week mandate to submit its report, the minister added.

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