United World Wrestling suspends Wrestling Federation of India for election delays

The United World Wrestling (UWW) has taken the decision to indefinitely suspend the membership of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) due to the delay in holding required elections.

According to sources, the United World Wrestling (UWW) has decided to suspend the Wrestling Federation of India’s (WFI) membership indefinitely.

The WFI’s inability to conduct elections as needed has led to this action. Due to the new development, Indian wrestlers will have to participate in the Olympic qualification World Championships as “neutral athletes.”

Originally scheduled for May 7, the WFI elections were cancelled by the Sports Ministry, who also requested that the IOA form a temporary committee or ad hoc committee to oversee operations.


Elections for the national wrestling organisation, which is now managed by an ad hoc committee set up by the Indian Olympic Association, were scheduled to take place in June. Unfortunately, a number of legal objections raised by various state agencies have caused several delays in these polls.

Following a plea from the Haryana Wrestling Association (HWA), the Punjab and Haryana High Court postponed the WFI polls until further instructions. At that time, the election was scheduled to take place on August 12.

Notably, UWW warned WFI that if the election process was not completed within the allotted date, they will suspend the Federation.


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