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Sushil unlikely to win gold: Pak coach

india Updated: Jun 27, 2012 14:49 IST
Shalabh Manocha
Shalabh Manocha
Hindustan Times
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With the Olympics round the corner, not only Indians, even Pakistanis, will be cheering on our wrestlers in London.

However, Pakistan's chief coach, Mohammad Anwar Ali, feels India's main medal hope, Sushil Kumar, is unlikely to better his Beijing performance. "I don't see him winning gold as his fitness has dipped," Anwar said of Sushil, who is recovering from a knee injury.

Having said so, the former Olympian added that he would love to be proved wrong. "After Pakistan, I cheer for India. During the last Olympics, I was one of the first to congratulate Sushil," said Anwar.

The former wrestler, who is in the Capital with his team for the 1st Hari Ram Indian Wrestling Grand Prix, being held at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, said he had come with a junior team. "We want to see how talented our youngsters are so that we can select the best boys for the SAF Games," he said.

The coach hoped that competitions like this would be organised regularly to promote the sport. "In Pakistan, we don't have the resources, but if India can do it regularly, it will be good for the growth of wrestling in the sub-continent," said Anwar.

Indian medal winners:
55kg: Nitin (silver) and Vinod Kumar (bronze);

74kg: Narsingh Yadav (silver)