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Why athletes on the podium hear wedding bells

The moment a champion stands on the victory podium, she/he begins to be alive to the sound of wedding bells.

brunch Updated: Sep 18, 2016 01:44 IST
Sakshi Malik

Sakshi Malik declared that she wants to settle down this year; Sushil Kumar announced his engagement after bagging a gold at the Delhi Commonwealth Games(Getty Images)

It is too big a coincidence for sports fans. In the rush of victory, athletes are keen to take the plunge in the aftermath. We’ve done the math for you.

Sakshi Malik: The grappler from Rohtak became the first medal winner at Rio. After amassing awards and being showered with encomiums, the Rohtak ki Sherni declared that she wants to get married this year.

Abhinav Bindra: In media interviews, after he missed a medal by a wafer-thin margin, eternal bachelor Bindra said he is retiring from competitive sport. What we found interesting: He may turn his shooting range into a kitchen garden, and hear, hear, may settle down!

Abhinav Bindra (Getty Images)

Vijender Singh: The pugilist-turned pro, the first Indian Olympic medal winner boxer, married software engineer Archana Singh when he returned from the Arafura Games in Australia in 2011. Now, his wife reportedly can’t bear to see him take the punches!

Yogeshwar Dutt: When he came home to a rapturous welcome after the 2012 London Olympics, Yogi’s mom, a heart patient, announced in his village that his son was ready to get married. Earlier this year, he said he’d fulfil his mother’s long-cherished wish after he returns from Rio. As suspense grows over the changing colour of his upgraded medal, fans are also speculating if his marital status will change.

Yogeshwar Dutt (Getty Images)

Sushil Kumar: After bagging a gold in the Delhi Commonwealth Games 2010, the two-time Olympic medal winner announced his engagement with Savi, the daughter of his coach. The couple married a few months later and are now proud parents to twin boys.

Last heard, notwithstanding his sexcapades, even Usain Bolt is contemplating domesticity. Come on Usain! We know you love your cricket back in the Caribbean, but couldn’t you have timed your drive better and kept your wicket intact?

From HT Brunch, September 11, 2016

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