Asian Games 2023: I will obey whatever order Khap gives, Bajrang Punia ready to leave Asian Games – bajrang punia hints at withdrawal from Asian Games

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New Delhi: Olympic bronze medalist Bajrang Punia may withdraw from the Asian Games. Bajrang, one of the country’s top wrestlers, on Thursday indicated that he would not back down if asked to do so by all the panchayats that supported him during his protest at Jantar Mantar. Several khap panchayats supported Bajrang and five fellow wrestlers sitting at Jantar Mantar to demand the arrest of outgoing Wrestling Federation of India chief Brij Bhushan Sharan following allegations of sexual harassment. These wrestlers included Olympic bronze medalist Sakshi Malik and Asian Games gold medalist Vinesh Phogat, but later the panchayats were not happy with Bajrang and Vinesh’s demand for exemption from Asian Games trials.

I am not going to decide in a closed room. All khap panchayats should take a decision. We are fighting for our daughters because we are not fighting a wrestling match, we are fighting for our daughters.

Bajrang Punia

Parents of several wrestlers and their coaches also protested against this exemption in Hisar and at the headquarters of the Indian Olympic Association. Vishal Kaliraman had topped the Asian Games trials but was put on the standby list while Bajrang was the first choice in the 65kg freestyle category. After this, the Khap Panchayats held a meeting at the Jat Dharamshala in Jind to discuss the treatment meted out to Vishal. Resentment from khap panchayats is growing and Bajrang indicated at a mahapanchayat in Haryana’s Jind district that he may pull out of the Asiad if the panchayat asks him to do so.
About 25 khap panchayats participated in the meeting, but Naresh Tikait of the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, who appeared during the protest on several occasions at Jantar Mantar, was not present in it. The next khap mahapanchayat will be held on 10 September. Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist Bajrang said, ‘Get all the Khap Panchayats, all the Chaudhary Sangathan members involved in the protest at Jantar Mantar. Whatever order they give, I am ready to follow it.

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