It’s been almost a week since India’s star wrestlers resumed their protest at the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi asking for action to be taken against Wrestling Federation of India chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.

The wrestlers – led by the likes of Rio Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik, Tokyo Olympic bronze medallist Bajrang Punia, and Commonwealth Games champion Vinesh Phogat – have levelled allegations of sexual harassment against Singh. Subsequently, seven female wrestlers have lodged complaints against the WFI president. However, the Delhi Police is yet to reportedly file an FIR.

UPDATE: Delhi Police to file FIR against WFI president Brij Bhushan Singh

While politicians, khap panchayats in Haryana and farmers groups have voiced their support, the wrestlers also reached out to co-athletes across different sports.

“The entire country worships cricket but not even a single cricketer has spoken up. We aren’t saying that you speak in our favour, but at least put up a neutral message and say there should be justice for whichever party,” Phogat had told the Indian Express.

The wrestlers had been criticised on Thursday by Olympian PT Usha and former India footballer Kalyan Chaubey. Usha, the Indian Olympic Association President, and Chaubey, the IOA’s Joint Secretary accused the protesting wrestlers of being indisciplined and tarnishing India’s image.

Earlier, there had been few messages posted on social media from 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medallist Abhinav Bindra and Olympians Jwala Gutta and Shiva Keshavan.

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On Friday, Neeraj Chopra posted a message of support, followed by a wave of athletes across sports.

Here’s a select list of the posts the athletes have shared:

Abhinav Bindra, 2008 Beijing Olympic champion, shooting

Full text of Bindra’s tweet

As athletes, we train hard every day to represent our country on the international stage. It is deeply concerning to see our athletes finding it necessary to protest on the streets regarding the allegations of harassment in the Indian wrestling administration. My heart goes out to all those who have been affected. We must ensure that this issue is handled properly, with the athletes’ concerns heard and addressed fairly and independently. This incident highlights the crucial need for a proper safeguarding mechanism that can prevent harassment and ensure justice for those affected. We must work towards creating a safe and secure environment for all athletes to thrive in.

Neeraj Chopra, 2021 Tokyo Olympic champion, athletics

Text of Chopra’s statement:

It hurts me to see our athletes on the streets demanding justice. They have worked hard to represent our great nation and make us proud.

As a nation, we are responsible for safeguarding the integrity and dignity of every individual, athlete or not.

What’s happening should never happen. This is a sensitive issue, and must be dealt with in an impartial and transparent manner.

Pertaining authorities must take quick action in order to ensure that justice is served.

Sania Mirza, six-time Grand Slam champion, tennis

Shiva Keshavan, six-time Olympian at the Winter Games, luge

Nikhat Zareen, two-time World Champion, boxing

Bhaichung Bhutia, former India men’s football captain

Harbhajan Singh, former India cricketer

Rani Rampal, former India hockey captain

Virender Sehwag, former India cricketer

Viren Rasquinha, former India hockey captain

Shikha Pandey, Indian cricketer

This list will be updated if and when more reactions come in.