Members of the 1983 World Cup successful cricket group, on Friday, got here out in assist of the protesting wrestlers and urged them to not take any hasty determination whereas hoping that gamers’ points can be “heard and resolved”.
In a joint assertion, the 1983 triumphant group stated it was distressed and disturbed after seeing the visuals of wrestlers being manhandled but in addition hoped that regulation of the land will prevail.
Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik and Bajrang Punia, who’ve been demanding the arrest of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Birj Bhushan Sharan Singh for alleged sexual exploitation of ladies wrestlers, took their protest to Haridwar on Could 30 however didn’t perform the specter of immersing their medals into river Ganga.
On Could 28, the Delhi Police had detained the wrestlers for violation of regulation and order after they marched in direction of the brand new Parliament constructing with out permission.
The police additionally cleared the protest website and made it clear that the wrestlers won’t be allowed again at Jantar Mantar.
The police motion in opposition to the wrestlers had invited criticism from completely different quarters.
“We’re distressed and disturbed on the unseemly visuals of our champion wrestlers being manhandled. We’re additionally most involved that they’re considering of dumping their hard-earned medals into river Ganga,” a press release launched to PTI by the 1983 World Cup wining group learn.
“These medals have concerned years of effort, sacrifice, dedication, and grit and aren’t solely their very own however the nation’s satisfaction and pleasure. We urge them to not take any hasty determination on this matter and likewise fervently hope that their grievances are heard and resolved shortly. Let the regulation of the land prevail,” the assertion additional learn.
Below legendary skipper Kapil Dev, the Indian cricket group had humbled the mighty Clive Lloyd led-West Indies to win the nation’s first World Cup trophy.
“I’m not going to say something individually, the entire of 1983 group stands by the assertion now we have issued,” Kapil stated.
The opposite members of the 83 batch embrace Roger Binny, who’s now BCCI president, Sunil Gavaskar, Mohinder Amarnath, Okay. Srikanth, Syed Kirmani, Yashpal Sharma, Madan Lal, Balwinder Singh Sandhu, Sandeep Patil and Kirti Azad.
The World Cup remaining was performed on the Lord’s on June 25, 1983.
Amongst different former Indian cricketers, Anil Kumble, Robin Uthappa and Irfan Pathan have proven solidarity with the elite wrestlers.
The energetic cricketers are but to touch upon the controversy.
Reigning Olympic champion in javelin throw, Neeraj Chopra and India’s first particular person Olympic gold medallist, shooter Abhinav Bindra have additionally expressed anguish that wrestlers have been compelled on to the streets whereas demanding justice.