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Lift and Slam! Story of Olympic Champion Sushil Kumar and His Tryst With Fame and Infamy

From a medal hanging round his neck to a towel wrapped round his face, Indians witnessed wrestler Sushil Kumar‘s life take an incredibly unprecedented flip.

The wrestler hailing from Delhi’s Barpola turned the face of Indian wrestling following his spectacular performances on the worldwide stage. He was a famous person wrestler even earlier than his heroic second Olympic medal in London. He already had a number of Commonwealth Championship medals in his kitty, gained three Asian Championships medals and even bagged an Asian Games bronze medal in 2006. His 2008 Olympic medal was second for India in wrestling and the primary since KD Jadhav’s bronze medal on the 1952 Summer Olympics. He was the flagbearer of Indian sports activities within the Olympics, actually.

However, on May 23, 2021, a particular unit of Delhi Police arrested Sushil and his affiliate in a homicide case of fellow worldwide wrestler Sagar Rana. Kumar is alleged to have been a part of the group that assaulted Rana and his buddies on the Chhatrasal Stadium on May 4, 2021.

Sushil has earlier denied his position in all the incident when it first got here to mild however his absconding for practically three weeks after which Delhi Police’s claims of getting digital proof in opposition to Sushil, it was a sucker punch for India’s solely double-Olympic medalist.

But it wasn’t the primary time that Sushil had a run-in with controversy since his triumph in London.

The episode involving Narsingh Yadav forward of the Rio Olympics was one of the embarrassing ones in Indian sports activities historical past. WFI had picked Narsingh Yadav to signify India in Rio however Sushil needed a trial by advantage of his document. Narsingh, nonetheless, failed a dope take a look at and accused Sushil Kumar’s allies on the Chhatrsasal stadium of getting spiking his meals.

Sushil was in information for all incorrect causes a few years later as effectively. Sushil was making an attempt to make a comeback into the Indian squad for the Commonwealth Games. Following an ill-tempered bout, alleged Sushil’s followers assaulted his opponent Rana and his brother. Both of them had been hospitalised and an FIR was registered in opposition to Sushil and his supporters.

Rana had later alleged that the bout was interrupted many instances on the behest of Sushil and the officers had been additionally threatened and at last, it was awarded to the 2010 World Champion.

He was a shadow of is his previous because the 2018 CWG and he later moved onto administrative work. Even there he attracted controversy. While heading the School Games Federation of India, it was suspended by the sports activities ministry over violations of provisions of the National Sports Code whereas Sushil was the president.

According to, Sushil’s fall from grace is just not a stunning growth for wrestlers who’ve seen him up shut. One of them on the situation of anonymity claimed that he surrounded by individuals prepared to benefit from his stature and solely trigger hurt to his profession and legacy. A couple of of them even blamed Sushil coach and father-in-law Satpal Singh for his downfall.

Interestingly, Sushil was appointed an Officer on Special Duty of the Chhatrasal Stadium after Satpal retired in 2016. Since then, a number of huge names have left the ‘hub’ of wrestling. PTI had reported that fellow Olympic medallist Yogeshwar Dutt and World Championship silver medallist Bajrang Punia left due to Sushil.

During this time, additionally it is alleged that, Sushil was focussed on his enterprise ventures greater than wrestling. According to a TOI report, Sushil had curiosity in Toll Plaza assortment enterprise in outer in Delhi-Haryana and Delhi-Uttar Pradesh borders aside from working Ayurveda shops of a number one Indian FMCG model. The report additional states that wrestling dropouts, who didn’t make any affect within the sport would allegedly be employed to man these toll plazas.

Recent studies additionally recommend that sushil Kumar  turned part of the jailed gangster Neeraj Bawana’s gang. According to police sources, some Bawana henchmen had additionally accompanied Sushil Kumar on the night time of the homicide

He was ‘the pehelwanji’, the one and solely and now saving grace for him proper is Article 20 of the Constitution of India, which says, that ‘an accused is presumed to be innocent till he is proved to be guilty’.

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