IOA panel probing sexual abuse allegations against WFI chief will submit report soon: Usha

New Delhi, 11 Mar: The committee formed by the Indian Olympic Association to probe sexual abuse allegations against sidelined WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh is yet to submit its report and IOA president P T Usha said it is taking time since “it is a sensitive issue”.
The IOA had on January 20 formed a seven-member committee headed by the legendary boxer MC Mary Kom to investigate the allegations of sexual harassment against the WFI president by some of the country’s top wrestlers.
“It (report) is not finalised, it is going on. We have met the players (wrestlers). The (IOA) committee will finalise and give the report to the IOA later,” Usha told PTI after presiding over the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the IOA here on Saturday.
“It is a sensitive issue and it has to be done in a good way. Very soon we will do that,” she said when asked if there is any deadline for submitting the report.
“It happened when (just after) we took charge. It was with ministry earlier. Both the ministry and IOA have constituted committees.”
The IOA panel was formed after the agitating wrestlers, including the likes of Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik, Vinesh Phogat, Deepak Punia and Ravi Dahiya, had demanded the formation of an enquiry committee to probe the allegations against Singh.
The government had formed an oversight committee also under Mary Kom to probe the charges levelled by the wrestlers. Singh had appeared before the oversight committee of the government on February 28 and had outrightly rejected all the charges.
The IOA AGM, the first after Usha took charge in December last year, also decided to stage the 37th National Games in Goa towards the end of October or early part of November.
The IOA wants Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate the Games and the dates of the multi-sport event could be fixed depending on his availability.
“We are going to organise the National Games in Goa and 90 per cent of work is already completed there,” said Usha, the sprint queen of the 1980s.
“The dates are not yet fixed. It can be from October end to November 12 like that,” she added.
“We want the Prime Minister to inaugurate the National Games. According to the time of his availability, we are going to fix the dates (of the Games).”
The Goa government has expressed its readiness to host the Games after multiple delays due to infrastructure related issues.
Some officials of the IOA want the National Games to end before Diwali which falls on November 12.
Earlier last month, officials of the state government, including the sports minister, had met Usha and the IOA top brass on the matter.
Recently, the Games Technical Conduct Committee (GTCC) of the IOA, under the chairmanship of its executive council member Amitabh Sharma, made an inspection and declared that Goa is ready for the National Games.
Thirty-seven sports disciplines have been approved and a few more traditional games may also be included later on. (PTI)