06 August, 2021

Gold’s The Standard

His Olympic legacy secure, Sushil has staked and sacrificed his all for a spot at Rio

Photograph by Tibhuvan Tiwari
Gold’s The Standard

Sushil Kumar, the only Indian to win two Olympic medals in wrestling, will not be in Rio for his fourth successive Games, after losing a court battle seeking a trial to claim a spot. Sushil, now 33, will have to be motivated, fighting fit and lucky in 2020 to have a go at that elusive Olympic gold in Tokyo.

Even if Sushil were to bid farewell before that, it won’t diminish his contribution: He clinched a bronze in 2008 in Beijing and silver at the 2012 London Olympics—both in the 66kg category—after a forgettable 2004 Athens Games.

Sushil, lately hobbled by inj­uries, lost a bid for an entry ticket to the Rio games after the Wrestling Fede­ration of India (WFI) decided to pick Narsingh Yadav in the 74 kg category.

Sushil challenged the WFI decision, but the Delhi High Court rejected his prayer for a ‘fair trial’. Satpal, his father-in-law, guru and former Asian Games gold-winning wrestler, said that they were considring appealing the high court dec­ision in the Supreme Court. Sushil was forced to compete in the 74kg...

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