Since the end of April, Indian wrestlers have been protesting at Jantar-Mantar in New Delhi. The movement was started to demand the arrest of Brijbhushan Sharan Singh, the former president of the Wrestling Federation of India. Finally on Sunday (May 28) this protest of wrestlers was called off. There were different reactions from across the country on the action taken with the wrestlers. Also, in the background of the warning of the players to leave their medals in the river Ganga, now all the players who helped India win the first Cricket World Cup have issued a statement and appealed to these players to have some patience.
After trying to crush the wrestlers’ agitation, these wrestlers had directly threatened to throw all their medals into the river Ganga. The athletes were preparing to throw their medals in Haridwar on Tuesday (May 30). However, after farmers’ leader Rakesh Tiket discussed with them, the wrestlers gave the government a five-day ultimatum. On this issue, the players who won India’s first Cricket World Cup in 1983 said in a statement,
“We are saddened and distressed by the ill-treatment of our champion wrestlers. They are thinking of throwing their toils into the river Ganges. We are most concerned about this situation. Those medals represent years of hard work, sacrifice, determination and courage. Those medals are not only theirs but the country’s pride and joy. We urge them not to take any hasty decision in this matter. It is hoped that their grievances will be heard and resolved at the earliest.”
Under the leadership of Kapil Dev, this team won the first world title in 1983 by defeating the West Indies. This team includes legendary cricketers like Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri, Roger Binny, Sandeep Patil, Dilip Vengsarkar, Kirti Azad etc. The
The President of the Wrestling Federation of India Brijbhushan Sharan Singh has been accused of sexually abusing minor female wrestlers. Though an FIR has been registered against them, they have not been arrested yet. The players are seen protesting on this issue.
(India 1983 World Cup Winners Team Supports Wrestlers Protest)