At the peak of his prowess, Sushil Kumar single-handedly lifted Indian wrestling to unprecedented heights but as police looks for him in relation to a murder case, the sport’s image has taken as much a beating as that of the trailblazing grappler.
Sushil’s international success triggered a revolution and created an inspirational legacy. The reserved grappler from Najagarh’s Baprola village is till date India’s only world champion (2010) in the sport. He is also the only Indian to claim two individual Olympic medals.
The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) is concerned that the good reputation built over the years with stupendous international performances, many of them given by Sushil himself, has been ruined.
“Yes, I must say that the image of Indian wrestling has got hurt badly by this. But we have nothing to do with what wrestlers do away from the mat,” WFI assistant secretary Vinod…