Fact-Check: This Is an Old Video of Brij Bhushan Sharan Slapping a Wrestler

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The video dates back to December 2021, when Singh hit a wrestler during an argument in Ranchi, Jharkhand.

Published: 25 Jan 2023, 1:48 PM IST

 This Is an Old Video of Brij Bhushan Sharan Slapping a Wrestler

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A video showing the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Uttar Pradesh, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, is being widely shared on social media.

The claim: The video is being shared to claim that it shows a recent video of Singh slapping a wrestler on stage.

The claim comes shortly after national and international wrestlers affiliated with the WFI protested against Singh after a few among them accused him of sexual harassment.

An archive of this post can be seen here.

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(Archives of more claims on social media can be seen here and here.)

But?: The video is an old one which dates back to December 2021, when Singh reportedly lost his cool after a wrestler argued with him during an Under-15 National Wrestling Championship in Jharkhand's Ranchi.

How did we find out?: Using relevant keywords, we looked for reports about the incident.

  • The search led us to an article by Outlook dated 19 December 2021, which carried the viral video.

The article was published on 19 December 2021.

(Source: Outlook/Altered by The Quint)

  • This report shows a video of Singh at an Under-15 National Wrestling Championships at Shaheed Ganpat Rai's Indoor Stadium in Ranchi, Jharkhand.

  • It mentioned that he slapped a wrestler during the first round of the competition when the latter was found to be over 15 years old, disqualifying him from participating.

  • The wrestler then lodged a complaint and began arguing with the WFI president when Singh lost his cool and hit the wrestler, it added.

We also came across reports by The Times of India and Free Press Journal from 2021, which carried the viral video.

Conclusion: The video is old and dates back to December 2021.

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