Sushil’s worldwide success triggered a revolution and created an inspirational legacy. The reserved grappler from Najafgarh’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 anxious that the great status constructed through the years with stupendous worldwide performances, a lot of them given by Sushil himself, has been ruined.
“Sure, I need 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 informed 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.
Wrestler homicide case: Lookout discover issued towards Olympian Sushil Kumar
Nevertheless, 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 of 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 greatest ever efficiency on the Tokyo Video games is difficult to overlook.
The police is ascertaining the function of Sushil in a Might 4 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 laborious in incomes a status as a result of for lengthy wrestlers have been recognized solely as a bunch of goons,” Tomar lamented.
The WFI official was referring to educate Sukhwinder Mor’s involvement within the homicide of 5 individuals, together with a fellow coach Manoj Malik, in Jaat School in Rohtak district of Haryana.
Sukhwinder had allegedly gunned down 5 individuals as a consequence 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 checklist, Tomar stated 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.
Nevertheless, 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 best wrestlers like Sushil, Yogeshwar, Bajrang and now Tokyo-bound Ravi Dahiya and Deepak Punia, has additionally taken a beating.
A supply on the stadium stated outstanding wrestlers like Yogeshwar and Bajrang left the power 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 answerable for 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 geared toward maintaining the stadium within the tight grip of the household.
“Sushil, who’s employed there on Railways’ deputation, calls the photographs. Should you will not take heed to him or do as he suggests, he would quietly begin harassing you,” the supply stated.
“Individuals are scared to say something. They arrive to make a profession, to not bask in politics. So that they discovered it handy to depart than tolerate the stadium politics,” the supply stated.
PTI made an try to succeed in out to Sushil, his relations and mates for his or her model of the occasions however their cell phones have been switched off.
The gravity of the present scenario is gigantic however Sushil isn’t any stranger to controversy both.
In 2016, when WFI had chosen Narsingh Pancham Yadav to symbolize India on the Rio Video games. He later failed a dope check and accused Sushil of getting a task in spiking his meals, a cost which was discovered to be false.
In the course of the 2018 Commonwealth Video games trials when Sushil beat Praveen Rana within the last, the supporters of the 2 camps traded blows exterior the stadium.
Rana had later alleged that the bout was interrupted many instances on the behest of Sushil and the officers have been additionally threatened and eventually it was awarded to the 2010 World Champion.
Sushil can be the President of the Faculty Video games Federation of India (SGFI), which was in information for all of the incorrect causes. He had alleged that SGFI secretary had solid his signature to alter the by-laws of the organisation and in addition dedicated irregularities.
He filed an FIR towards the secretary in December final yr and was re-elected President of the physique in March after recent polls have been held on the course of the Sports activities Ministry.