New Delhi, Sep 9 (Language) Haryana’s Khaps on Saturday distanced themselves from the controversy over the selection of wrestlers for the upcoming Asian Games and said only the national federation can decide on this controversial issue.
The decision was taken during a Khap Panchayat held in Jind district of Haryana, which was presided over by Om Prakash of Kandela village.
A controversy arose after Olympic champion wrestler Bajrang Punia (men’s 65kg) and World Cup medalist Vinesh Phogat (women’s 53kg) were excluded from selection in the Indian team for the Asian Games, angering the wrestlers and their family members. Had threatened to boycott the trials in the Asian Games.
But after this Vinesh has withdrawn his name from Asian Games due to surgery. Bajrang had said that he would accept the Khap Panchayat’s decision.
Khaps had supported Bajrang, Vinesh and Sakshi Malik following allegations of sexual harassment against outgoing Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.
Om Prakash said, “Today’s Panchayat was only for the players. Regarding the issue of selection of wrestlers for the Asian Games, the Panchayat feels that it is not a matter for the Khaps to decide, and the federation will have to decide on this matter.
He said, “Only the Wrestlers’ Federation (WFI) can make a decision on this matter, not Khap.” Today, most Khapas were from Jind district. We leave it to the Federation, and Khap will not intervene in this matter.
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