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Sushil Kumar missing from Commonwealth Games 2018 wrestling list! It’s just a glitch

Sushil Kumar’s name was not present in the official wrestling list that was published on the Commonwealth Games 2018 website on Thursday due to a system glitch.

other-sports Updated: Mar 30, 2018 12:30 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
New Delhi
Sushil Kumar’s name was not there in the official wrestling entry list published by the  Commonwealth Games 2018 organisers.
Sushil Kumar’s name was not there in the official wrestling entry list published by the Commonwealth Games 2018 organisers.(AFP)

Two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar’s name is there among the entries in the men’s 74kg freestyle wrestling competition in the Commonwealth Games 2018 at Gold Coast.

Panic had spread in Indian wrestling fraternity as Sushil’s name was missing when the entries were updated in the official website on Thursday. The name was there when HT checked on Friday.

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India’s Chef de Mission for Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Vikram Singh Sisodia, has been told by the organising committee of the Commonwealth Games 2018 that the reason for Sushil’s name missing for a few hours was a technical glitch in the website.

“I spoke to the official concerned and was told that there was some technical problem because of which Sushil’s name was not there. They said they will be rectifying it soon,” Sisodia said in Gold Coast on Friday.

It was either a technical glitch or an inadvertent mistake by the person keying in the name in the webpage that caused jitters among the Indian Olympic Association officials for a few hours as Sushil is considered a sure shot gold medal winner in 74kg category at Gold Coast.

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Another reason for Indian wrestling federation getting into a tizzy in the entire episode is the strained relation between Sushil Kumar and the Wrestling Federation of India administrators.

First, he found himself in the centre of controversy after three wrestlers gave him walkovers in the National Championship in Indore and then, the elder brother of his fiercest competitor - Praveen Rana - was allegedly thrashed by his supporters at the Commonwealth Games selection trials. The wrestler is currently training in Georgia ahead of the Commonwealth Games 2018.

First Published: Mar 30, 2018 09:13 IST

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