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NEW DELHI: A Delhi Police ‘lookout discover’ for embellished wrestler Sushil Kumar, India’s lone double particular person Olympic medallist, in reference to a wrestler’s homicide final week might make dad and mom rethink on encouraging their youngsters to take up the game, says former world junior bronze medal winner Virender Kumar.
Sushil, employed with Indian Railways, is in focus as he’s posted as an Officer on Particular Responsibility (OSD) at Chhattrasal Stadium, the place the brawl allegedly passed off. Former worldwide Greco Roman wrestler Sagar Dhankar, 23, died on Could 4 after a bunch of wrestlers allegedly beat him up, both contained in the stadium or round it.
In accordance with Delhi Police, Sushil is absconding. “A lookout discover has been issued for Sushil Kumar,” Dr Guriqbal Singh Sidhu, Extra Deputy Commissioner of Police (North West Delhi), had advised IANS on Monday.
Virender, who gained 58kg freestyle bronze on the 1992 World Junior Championship, is anxious concerning the implication of the case on wrestling, significantly on children who wish to take the game up as a profession.
“Dad and mom can be scared to ship their younger youngsters for apply. Aged folks within the household would positively suppose twice earlier than sending children to wrestling halls for coaching as nobody would really like their kids to be a part of dangerous firm and produce a nasty title to the household,” Virender advised IANS.
“When Sushil gained his first Olympic medal, a bronze within the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, it modified the mind-set of Indian wrestlers; they thought they too might win medals on the world degree. But when a star like Sushil’s title has cropped up in a serious controversy and Delhi Police have issued a lookout discover towards him, it could ship a incorrect message to budding wrestlers. If younger athletes will not be disciplined they may by no means grow to be good gamers or good residents,” the 50-year-old coach stated.
Virender has a long-standing relationship with Sushil, the Olympic medallist’s father-in-law Satpal, and Chhattrasal Stadium, the wrestling hub in north-west Delhi. Virender can also be the husband of Satpal’s sister. He, as a wrestler, learnt his first classes at Chhattrasal Stadium and was later posted on the similar venue as a coach. However, he appears to have fallen out with Sushil, the OSD on the stadium, and was transferred to a different college in east Delhi in August final yr. “It’s good for me that I am out of Chhatrasal Stadium,” he stated.
In accordance with Virender, wrestling amenities at Chhatrasal Stadium had been arrange in 1988. “The muse stone of wrestling at Chhatrasal Stadium was laid by 1982 Asian Video games gold medallist Satpal Singh. There have been 5 – 6 wrestlers within the first group. I used to be one among them,” he identified.
Virender, a former nationwide medallist, has been working with the Delhi authorities as a coach for a while. He’s damage as Chhatrasal Stadium, which has been dwelling to him and several other worldwide wrestlers, has been mired on this unsavoury incident involving one among India’s most profitable wrestlers.
Virender stated there are presently greater than 200 registered wrestlers within the 10-15-year age group prepare at Chhatrasal Stadium. “Some senior wrestlers like Ravi Dahiya and Sumit Malik, who’ve certified for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, additionally prepare on the stadium,” he stated.
With an goal to strengthen the ecosystem of sports activities throughout the Delhi Schooling Division, Sushil in 2015 joined Delhi authorities on deputation from Indian Railways as an OSD. His workplace was on the Chhatrasal Stadium. “However his [Sushil] administrative choices weren’t acceptable to a number of wrestlers and so they give up the stadium to coach elsewhere,” alleged Virender.
After clinching bronze on the 2008 Olympics, Sushil, now 37, bagged silver on the 2012 London Olympics. He additionally gained gold on the 2010 Moscow World Championship and three gold medals on the Commonwealth Video games, in 2010, 2014, and 2018.