IOA Dissolves Ad-hoc Committee After World Wrestling Body Lifts WFI Suspension

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA), vide order dated March 18, 2024, dissolved the ad-hoc committee it had set up less than three months before the order for overseeing the Wrestling Federation of India’s (WFI) operations.

In December 2023, days after the WFI elections were held, the Sports Ministry suspended the Federation for violating the National Sports Development Code, 2011, and the WFI’s Constitution. Subsequently, at the Ministry’s request, the IOA set up an ad-hoc committee to oversee the Federation’s operations.

As per the IOA’s order, the decision to dissolve the ad-hoc committee was taken considering that the United World Wrestling (UWW) lifted the suspension imposed on the Federation in February with immediate effect. The Association also cited the successful completion of selection trials as one of the reasons. Further, WFI has been directed to repay the loan advanced by the IOA to the ad-hoc committee for managing the Federation’s affairs when the suspension was in effect.

However, the suspension imposed by the Sports Ministry is still in effect, and the writ petition[1] challenging the WFI elections is pending before the Delhi High Court and is scheduled to be heard next on April 26.

[1] Bajrang Punia and Ors. v. Union of India and Ors. [WP(C) 3164/2024]