We are ready to return all our medals and awards: Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia | More sports News

NEW DELHI: Protesting wrestlers Vinesh Phogat and Bajrang Punia said on Thursday they were ready to return their medals and awards to the government. Vinesh and Bajrang, who won a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympicssaying that these honors are of no use if they are subjected to such humiliation.
Wrestlers have been taking part in a protest in the nation’s capital since April 23 demanding the arrest of WFI leader and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh for alleged sexual harassment of seven wrestlers, including a minor.
At around 11pm on Wednesday, a fight broke out at Jantar Mantar between protesting wrestlers as they brought in rollaway beds for their overnight stay and on-duty police personnel who reportedly started inquiring about it.

“If this is how the wrestlers will be treated, what will we do with the medals? We will live a normal life instead and return all the medals and awards to the Indian government,” Olympic bronze medalist Bajrang told reporters on Thursday. Morning.


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“When the police push us, mistreat us, misbehave, then they don’t see that we are the Padma Shri winner, and not only me, there is also Sakshi (Malik),” he said in reference bronze medalist at the Rio Olympics.
“They are behaving badly with us. Women and girls are sitting in the streets begging for kindness, but no one cares about getting justice.”

Brawl between wrestlers and police at night in Delhi during wrestlers protest at Jantar Mantar


Brawl between wrestlers and police at night in Delhi during wrestlers protest at Jantar Mantar

There was heavy security at the Jantar Mantar site after last night’s rowdiness between the wrestlers and some Delhi police officers resulted in injuries to two protesters.
“Take them (medals) all away. We have been so humiliated. We fight for our respect but we get crushed under their feet. Do all men have the right to abuse women?” Vinesh, who is Khel Ratna. winner.
“We will give back all our medals, even give our lives but at least do ourselves justice.”
(With PTI entries)


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