The 1983 winners Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, and Roger Binny seemed disturbed by snapshots of wrestlers being mistreated
The Champions of the 1983 Cricket World Cup, including BCCI President Roger Binny and legendary Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar, expressed their unease at seeing security personnel mistreat Indian wrestlers as they marched towards the new Parliament building on May 28. In addition, they pleaded with the demonstrating wrestlers not to throw their honed medals into the Ganga.
Concerned by visuals
The champions of the 1983 Cricket World Cup, including Sunil Gavaskar, Roger Binny, and Kapil Dev, have commented on the demonstration by the nation’s top wrestlers towards Wrestling Federation of India president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. The champions claimed they were troubled by visuals of the Delhi Police mistreating the wrestlers who were staging a protest on May 28 as they marched towards the new Parliament building.
The 1983 World champions issued a statement on Friday that read, “We feel bewildered and disturbed at the undesirable footage of our star wrestlers being manhandled.” The wrestlers are demonstrating against WFI president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, who was charged with intimidating several female wrestlers, including a minor, inappropriately.
“Dont take any hurried action ….., “1983 Champs to wrestlers
Members of the 1983 cricket team that won the World Cup urged the elite athletes not to make a hasty decision and expressed hope that their complaints would be heard and addressed, as they were worried that the protesting wrestlers might take the drastic action of submerging their medals into the holy river Ganga.
In addition, the winning cricket team urged the protesting wrestlers not to “take any impulsive decision” regarding their intention to immerse their medals in the Ganga River.
The grapplers, which included Sakshi Malik, Vinesh Phogat, and Bajrang Punia, traveled to Haridwar’s Har Ki Pauri on 30 May to submerge their medals in the Ganga river as a component of their demonstrations, two days after the security personnel emptied the demonstration place at Jantar Mantar after which they were apprehended while heading for the new Parliament building. Following a threat to the Centre that they would be back in five days if Brij Bhushan Singh was not subjected to punishment, they left.
“Those medals have required years of effort, sacrifice, tenacity, ….”
The champions from 1983 expressed concern that the wrestlers might consider ” throwing away their hard-earned awards into the Ganga.” They continued, “Those medals have required years of effort, sacrifice, tenacity, and grit and are not only their own, but the pride and joy of the country.” The champions urged the application of the law of the land and expressed their “fervent belief” that the complaints of the wrestlers would be heard and quickly addressed.
The Indian cricket team, captained by the legendary Kapil Dev, defeated the West Indies team, led by Clive Lloyd, to win the nation’s first World Cup trophy.