After their historic performance in the London Olympics, wrestlers Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt on Monday visited Noida Phase-II police station.
However, their visit had nothing to do with the state of law and order in the city. The duo came to meet friend and fellow wrestler Anuj Chaudhary, SHO of Phase-II station. Chaudhary, who had won a silver in the 84-kg freestyle wrestling event in the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, had accompanied the duo at Athens Olympics in 2004.
The Olympic medal winners were accorded a grand welcome. Scores of fans gathered in the area to catch a glimpse of the sporting stars.
Sushil, Yogeshwar and Chaudhary have undergone training together and have represented India at various international sporting events. “Sushil and Yogeshwar had come to share their Olympics experience. We are very happy that they have bagged medals at the Olympics, but next time they will eye the gold,” said Chaudhary, an Arjuna awardee.
Chaudhary said Sushil was interested in opening a training centre in Noida. “Sushil has decided to promote the sport by opening an academy with the state government’s help. The two are confident that they will soon get gold in Olympics. Sushil will also meet senior politicians and ask for help in setting up a cricket-like academy with international facilities, which will help India win more medals," he said.
“We have been doing extremely well in wrestling and more and more youths are getting interested in the sport. All we need is more motivation and government's support,” he said.
Chaudhary, who hails from Badari village of Muzaffarnagar, got a job with UP police in 2000 through sports quota.
Though he joined as a sub-inspector, he was promoted as inspector in 2003 owing to his good performance at the national and international arena. He was given the Laxman award -- the highest state award in sports -- in 2001 and the Arjuna award in 2005.