New Delhi: 1983 Cricket World Cup winning team on Friday issued a joint statement in support of protesting wrestlers.
In their statement they criticised Delhi Police’s act upon protesting wrestlers on May 28.
“We are distressed and disturbed at the unseemly visuals of our champion wrestlers being manhandled. We are also most concerned that they are thinking of dumping their hard-earned medals into the river Ganga. Those medals have involved years of effort, sacrifice, determination and grit and are not only their own but the nation’s pride and joy. We urge them not to take any hasty decision in this matter and also fervently hope that their grievances are heard and resolved quickly. Let the law of the land prevail,” said Statement.
Earlier, Cricketers like Kapil Dev, and Anil Kumble spoke in support of wrestlers.
Top wrestlers Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malikkh and other grapplers who tried to head towards the new Parliament building in the national capital were detained on May 28 citing security reasons.
As they were being dragged and shoved into the vans, the grapplers said they did not know where they were being taken to. Bajrang Punia accused the Delhi Police and said the latter did what they could instead of arresting WFI chief and BJP chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.
The wrestlers held the protest against the WFI chief alleging that Brij Bhushan sexually assaulted female coaches and athletes.