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Sushil Kumar on National wrestling meet walkover farce: What can I do

Sushil Kumar battled for just two minutes and 33 seconds in total on the mat as he fought only two of his initial round bouts before three of his opponents -- in the quarterfinal, semi-final and final -- gave him a walkover at the National Wrestling Championship

other sports Updated: Nov 18, 2017 22:46 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Indore
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Sushil Kumar with Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan after winning a gold medal at the National Wrestling Championship in Indore on Saturday(PTI)

Two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar on Saturday brushed aside the hat-tricks of walkovers en-route his gold at National Wrestling championship, stating that the situation was beyond his control.

“If my opponents are not ready to fight, what could I have possibly done in such circumstances,” Sushil told mediapersons here after winning the yellow metal in the most bizarre manner at the National championship.

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Some of Sushil’s opponents touched his feet to pay respect while conceding their bouts and referee termed it as “our tradition”.

When asked about it, Sushil replied: “Every sportspersons respect their seniors but when two wrestlers are fighting it out on a mat, they are equals. But this is a completely different matter that that a grappler does not want to fight it out against the opposition.”

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Back in action action after three years, Sushil battled for just 2 minutes and 33 seconds in total on the mat as he fought only two of his initial round bouts before three of his opponents -- in the quarterfinal, semifinal and final -- gave him a walk over.

With people questioning the merit of his victory, a nonchalant Sushil said: “Controversy has always followed me wherever I have gone.”

First Published: Nov 18, 2017 21:29 IST