India’s wrestling federation chief on Friday cancelled a press conference meant to reveal a “conspiracy” against him as top athletes, including Olympic and Commonwealth medallists, mounted a third day of protests demanding his resignation over sexual harassment allegations.
Dozens of male and female wrestlers along with some coaches and trainees have announced a boycott of all competitions until Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh is removed.
Singh, who is also an MP for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, has dismissed the allegations and had promised to “expose the conspiracy” against him at a press conference Friday.
It was repeatedly delayed and ultimately cancelled when he sent out his son to speak to journalists in-stead.
“We are not authorised to speak on anything,” he told them, promising that his father would instead address the media at the federation’s annual meeting on Sunday.
The protesting athletes, led by Vinesh Phogat — a three-time Commonwealth Games champion and one of India’s most decorated woman wrestlers — met the sports minister Anurag Thakur for the second time late Friday to urge the government to in-tervene.—AFP