The committee has also decided to allow all the straight wrestling units to provide entries for the Guangzhou Asian Games trials. Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has been responsible for forming the ad-hoc committee, and the main motive of this committee is to run the Wrestling Federation of India WFI.
As the sitting protest conducted by the top wrestlers enters its day 17 at Jantar Mantar, the ad-hoc committee has postponed the under-20 and under-15 National championships.
According to a circular by the federation, these age group competitions are first scheduled to be held in Pune from May 30 to June 2. but now, a letter has been signed by the head of the committee member Bhupendra Singh Bajwa. In this letter, he has addressed the secretary and President of all of the affiliated units of WFI and mentions that the fresh dates for the competitions will be announced soon.
The formation of this ad-hoc panel was done on April 27. One of the committee members is Suma Shirur, a rifle coach currently with the Indian shooting continent in Baku, Azerbaijan, for the ISSF world cup, which has been started.
A retired High Court judge, who will also be the committee’s third member, gets appointed. He will be serving as the returning officer for the WFI election, which the panel has held within 45 days of the formation of the panel.
The state Association are most likely to be allowed by the ad-hoc of communities to field their entries in the trials for the Asian games even if these associations are not able to meet the criteria which are set by the federations according to the selection policy of WFI only the players who have secured medals at National ranking tournament, Federation Cup, national championship and international tournaments apart from the talented juniors are allowed to be competing in the trials.
As the duration of this sitt-in has dragged on, Sushmita Dev, MP of Trinamool Congress, has also urged the standing parliamentary committee to review their role in the Union Sports Ministry and the implementations of the statuary laws that are applied to the sports federation.
The chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on education, women, youth, and children and sports, Vivek Thakur, has also received a letter from Sushmita Dev in which she requests that the committee look into the situation and determine whether all applicable legal requirements should be applied to sports federations and other organisations, as well as their role within the sports ministry.
She has also requested Thakur to hold a meeting with a specific agenda to ensure a thorough review of this situation. Even though the crowds are decreasing at the sit-in venue, Vinesh Phogat, one of the wrestlers, is highly confident about their protest and will continue to resonate with the people.
She also stated that the large number of crowds at the sit-in is a big indicator of the support we are receiving, and we are also getting a lot of encouragement on social media. They have also been receiving messages and calls offering support even though the filling up of the venue is important. Still, it is even more important that people realise what is the main issue because of which we are here.