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New Delhi: Amid the ongoing protest of wrestlers against the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) Chief and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Singh, Javelin star Neeraj Chopra on Friday came out in open support of the wrestlers and said the concerned authorities must take immediate action into the matter.

Several wrestlers including Vinesh Phogat and Sakshi Malik resumed their protest at Jantar Mantar here on Sunday against Singh accusing him of sexual harassment.

“It hurts me to see our athletes on the streets demanding justice. They have worked hard to represent our great nation and make us proud.What’s happening should never happen. This is a sensitive issue, and must be dealt with in an impartial and transparent manner,” Neeraj said referring to the wrestlers protest.

He added, “Pertaining authorities must take quick action in order to ensure that justice is served.”

“As a nation, we are responsible for safeguarding the integrity and dignity of every individual, athlete or not,” Neeraj tweeted.

On January, the Sports Ministry formed an Oversight Committee to enquire into the allegations of sexual misconduct, harassment and/intimidation, financial irregularities and administrative lapses, leveled by prominent sportspersons.

The Ministry instructed the executive committee of WFI to abstain from managing the day-to-day activities of the federation during the course of the enquiry.

Observing that there are serious allegations against WFI President in the petition filed by wrestlers, and assuring the sportspersons of a hearing, the Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a notice to Delhi Police.

A petition was filed by seven wrestlers in Apex Court seeking registration of a FIR against the WFI Chief accusing him of sexually harassing women wrestlers, including a minor, who have represented India in world sporting events.

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