New Delhi : After the daytime voting in New Delhi, counting of votes took place on the same day, in which Sanjay Singh was declared the winner. Sanjay Singh got 40 votes, while his rival former Indian wrestler Anita Sheoran got seven votes.
Sanjay Singh, an aide of former Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, has been elected as the new president of WFI. After several postponements earlier in the year, the Wrestling Federation of India elections were held on Thursday, 21 December. After the daytime voting in New Delhi, counting of votes took place on the same day, in which Sanjay Singh was declared the winner.
Sanjay Singh got 40 votes, while his rival former Indian wrestler Anita Sheoran got seven votes. Elections were held in the capital for 15 posts including President, Treasurer, General President and Senior Vice President. The contest for the post of President of Indian Wrestling Federation was between former Commonwealth Games gold medalist Anita Sheoran and Uttar Pradesh Wrestling Federation Vice President Sanjay Singh. Anita Sheoran, who is from Haryana, was pushing to become the first woman president of the National Wrestling Federation.She was supported by star wrestlers including Sakshi Malik, Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat, who had protested against incumbent Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh over allegations of sexual harassment of female wrestlers.
On the other hand, Sanjay Singh, who has been a close aide of Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, has promised to bring back the glory days of wrestling, a sport that has produced several Olympic medalists for India in recent times. People like Sakshi Malik and Bajrang Punia had objections to Sanjay Singh contesting the elections. He had expressed this during his meeting with Sports Minister Anurag Thakur earlier this month.