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Sushil Kumar denies wrongdoing even as Praveen Rana awaits bout to beat Olympic medallist

Parveen Rana said his goal for 2018 was to defeat Sushil Kumar for his cancer-stricken mother at the Pro Wrestling League. On Friday, during 2018 Commonwealth Games selection trials in New Delhi, Sushil’s supporters beat up Rana’s elder brother Naveen, who suffered head injuries.

other sports Updated: Jan 12, 2018 11:16 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Parveen Rana and Sushil Kumar’s supporters were involved in an ugly fight after  2018 Commonwealth Games selection trials in New Delhi on Friday.
Parveen Rana and Sushil Kumar’s supporters were involved in an ugly fight after 2018 Commonwealth Games selection trials in New Delhi on Friday.(H Photo)

While Sushil Kumar has denied any wrongdoing, the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has handed over the case involving him and Parveen Rana to its three-member disciplinary committee which would investigate to find the culprits for the violence that marred the selection trials for the Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Delhi last month.

Parveen Rana, who had lodged an FIR against double Olympics medallist Sushil and five others following a fracas, has declared he wants to take revenge in the Pro-Wrestling League bout between the two.

Rana, who plays for Veer Maratha, said his goal for 2018 was to defeat Sushil Kumar (Delhi Sultans) for his cancer-stricken mother. On Friday, during 2018 Commonwealth Games selection trials in New Delhi, Sushil’s supporters beat up Rana’s elder brother Naveen, who suffered head injuries. The event happened after Rana was defeated by Sushil in the 74kg trial.

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“My mother is fighting cancer. It’s in third stage. She was really hurt to hear about the way I was attacked immediately after the bout,” Parveen said in a statement. “I am going to step into the PWL with her in mind, to avenge my unfair defeat.”

Trial unfair

He even claimed that the trial bout scorers were biased in favour of Sushil. “I felt that the scoring was biased. The bout wasn’t judged properly. But that is past now. I am only concerned about beating Sushil in the ring now,” Rana said.

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He insisted that he didn’t want to think too much about the incidents following the trail. “That (the fracas) was very unfortunate. But that is not going to stop me from preparing for the prestigious league. I want to live up to the faith instilled in me by my team and will give my best to emerge victorious. I believe that winning is all all that matters and I am preparing myself to be the best in the League,” he stated.

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Rana said that he was absolutely fit to take on the world’s best in the second season of PWL.