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WFI keeps mum on sexual harassment complaint

other Updated: Jun 04, 2012 00:07 IST
HT Correspondent

The Sports Authority of India (SAI) has initiated a probe into charges of alleged sexual harassment against a wrestling coach during the under-19 national camp at Lucknow, but the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) is silent over the issue, saying it hasn't got any complaint.

"None of the girls in the camp have written to us about the misconduct of the coach. We are waiting for the team to come back from the Asian meet to get more details," a WFI official said.

Following the complaint by the junior women wrestling, who were training for the Asian junior meet in Kazakhstan, the coach has been suspended pending completion of the inquiry. He was also barred from traveling with the team.

The four girls, it is learnt, met sports minister Ajay Maken and the investigation is being conducted by a three-member SAI committee, headed by its Lucknow regional director, Rachna Govil. The SAI is expected to submit its report in 15 days.

The incident allegedly took place at the camp, held from April 30 to May 25. The complaint, filed with the sports minister on May 16 alleges that on the night of May 15, a coach from Haryana forcibly entered the room of one of the wrestlers, who also hails from the same state. She raised an alarm and the other girls reached her room and locked it from outside. The coach allegedly threatened the girls against reporting the matter and even used abusive language.

One of the complainants, it is learnt, has now claimed she didn't sign the letter.