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NEW DELHI: The government on Thursday approved the participation of a 55-member Indian wrestling contingent, including Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Fogatfor the Zagreb Open Grand Prix, scheduled for February 1-5.
The newly formed five-member oversight committee selected 12 women, 11 Greco-Roman and 13 male freestyle wrestlers for the Ranking Series opener.

Olympic silver medalist Ravi Kumar Dahiya, Anshu Malik and Deepak Punia are also part of the team, according to a ministry press release, adding that the government would bear the full cost of the wrestlers.
The oversight committee was set up by the Ministry of Sports earlier this week to investigate allegations, including those of sexual harassment against the athletes. Wrestling Federation of India chief Bry Bhushan Singh Sharan and also manages the day-to-day running of the sports organization.
Led by the legendary boxer MC Maria Comethe committee consisted of former wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, former badminton player and Mission Olympic Cell member Trupti Murgundeex-TOPS CEO Rajagopalan and former Executive Director of SAI – teams – Radhica Sreeman.
However, the wrestlers had expressed disappointment that they had not been consulted prior to the commission’s formation.

Wrestlers are still unhappy, here's why

Wrestlers are still unhappy, here’s why

Last week, Bajrang, Vinesh and Ravi Dahiya had led a sit-in protest Jantar Mantar demanded the resignation of the WFI president for three days.
The wrestlers had accused Sharan, who is also a BJP MP, of acting like a dictator and sexually harassing young wrestlers.
However, they did not disclose the identities of the athletes who suffered sexual harassment.

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