Who is Sanjay Singh? Know all about New WFI Chief

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Former Aide of Brij Bhushan Singh, Sanjay Singh Triumphs in WFI Elections

Who is Sanjay Singh- New WFI Chief

Who is Sanjay Singh? In a landmark development for Indian wrestling, Sanjay Singh emerged victorious in the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) elections held on Thursday, December 21. The outcome of the polls not only marks a significant shift in the leadership of the national wrestling body but also holds the promise of ending the suspension imposed by the United World Wrestling (UWW).

Sanjay Singh's win is seen as a positive step towards resolving the suspension imposed by the UWW on the WFI. The global wrestling body had taken this drastic measure after the WFI failed to conduct elections within the deadline set in August. As a consequence, Indian wrestlers had to compete as neutral athletes in international events, impacting their participation and performance.

Who is Sanjay Singh?

Sanjay Singh is a close aide of former Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. Singh is the vice president of the Uttar Pradesh Wrestling Association. He was part of the previous executive council and was also named the joint secretary in 2019.

Sanjay Singh, who has promised to bring back the glory days of Indian wrestling, campaigned on a platform focused on revitalizing the sport. Despite reservations from some star wrestlers, including Sakshi Malik and Bajrang Punia, Singh has expressed his commitment to elevating the stature of wrestling in the country.

The Election for the top posts in the WFI witnessed a two-way contest for the presidential role, with former Commonwealth Games Gold medallist Anita Sheoran vying for the position. Her bid to become the first female president of the WFI faced a setback as Sanjay Singh secured the majority of votes, sealing his victory in a closely watched electoral battle.

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Protests and Controversies Surrounding the WFI Elections

The Run-up to the elections was marred by controversies, including protests led by athletes against outgoing chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. Allegations of sexual harassment and stalking of female wrestlers prompted protests and demands for a safe and transparent election process. The athletes, including prominent names like Sakshi Malik, insisted on the exclusion of Singh and his family members from any involvement with the WFI.

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