Accusations towards star grappler Sushil Kumar have damage Indian wrestling’s picture badly, says WFI-Sports activities Information , Alenz
The WFI is worried that the nice popularity constructed through the years with stupendous worldwide performances, lots of them given by Sushil himself, has been ruined.
New Delhi: On the peak of his prowess, Sushil Kumar single-handedly lifted Indian wrestling to unprecedented heights however as police seems to be for him in relation to a homicide case, the game’s picture has taken as a lot a beating as that of the trailblazing grappler.
Sushil’s worldwide success triggered a revolution and created an inspirational legacy. The reserved grappler from Najagarh’s Baprola village is until date India’s solely world champion (2010) within the sport. He’s additionally the one one to assert two particular person Olympic medals, an distinctive feat for a rustic which has seen very restricted success on the Video games.
The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) is worried that the nice popularity constructed through the years with stupendous worldwide performances, lots of them given by Sushil himself, has been ruined.
“Sure, I have to say that the picture of Indian wrestling has obtained damage badly by this. However we’ve got nothing to do with what wrestlers do away from the mat. We’re involved with their on-mat efficiency,” WFI Assistant Secretary Vinod Tomar advised PTI.
Sushil’s bronze medal on the 2008 Beijing Olympics ended India’s 56-year-long watch for an Olympic medal in wrestling.
The achievement had an incredible influence as Indian wrestling witnessed the rise of Yogeshwar Dutt, Geeta and Babita Phogat, their cousin Vinesh, Rio bronze medallist Sakshi Malik and world medallists Bajrang Punia, Ravi Dahiya and Deepak Punia after that.
Nonetheless, the fraternity is now shell-shocked because the police on Monday issued a ‘Look-out Round’ (LoC) towards the champion wrestler, who’s untraceable for the reason that brawl that led to the dying a younger wrestler.
The incident has come at a time when Indian wrestling is celebrating its highest variety of quotas — eight — for the Olympics.
The anticipation of a best-ever efficiency on the Tokyo Video games is difficult to overlook.
The police is ascertaining the position of Sushil in a 4 Could brawl that led to the dying of 23-year-old Sagar Rana exterior the Chhatrasal stadium.
“Not solely this, however the incident that occurred in February had additionally tarnished the picture of Indian wrestling. The game has struggled arduous in incomes a popularity as a result of for lengthy wrestlers have been identified solely as a bunch of goons,” Tomar lamented.
The WFI official was referring to educate Sukhwinder Mor’s involvement within the homicide of 5 folks, together with a fellow coach Manoj Malik, in Jaat Faculty in Rohtak district of Haryana.
Sukhwinder had allegedly gunned down 5 folks on account of his private enmity with Malik and was arrested from New Delhi in a joint operation by Delhi and Haryana police.
Requested if WFI will take away Sushil from the annual contracts listing, Tomar mentioned they “weren’t mulling any such transfer as of now.”
Sushil was handed an A grade contract in December 2018 together with 4 others for an annual monetary assist of Rs 30 lakh.
Nonetheless, he has not participated in any worldwide occasion since his first spherical defeat within the 2019 World Championship in Nur Sultan.
The picture of Chhatrasal stadium, which has given India its most interesting wrestlers like Sushil, Yogeshwar, Bajrang and now Tokyo-bound Ravi Dahiya and Deepak Punia, has additionally taken a beating.
A supply on the stadium mentioned outstanding wresters like Yogeshwar and Bajrang left the ability as a result of “they have been focused by Sushil’s camp for not toeing their line.”
The 1982 Asian Video games champion Satpal Singh, Sushil’s coach and father-in-law, was in control of the stadium until 2016 earlier than he retired as further director.
After that Sushil was appointed an OSD and it’s believed that the transfer was aimed toward maintaining the stadium within the tight grip of the household.
“Sushil, who’s employed there on Railways’ deputation, calls the photographs. In the event you will not take heed to him or do as he suggests, he would quietly begin harassing you,” the supply mentioned.
“Persons are scared to say something. They arrive to make a profession, to not take pleasure in politics. In order that they discovered it handy to depart than tolerate the stadium politics,” the supply mentioned.
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