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Sushil Kumar should not accept his Nationals gold medal, says Farhan Akhtar

Sushil Kumar returned to the mat after a gap of three years at the Wrestling Nationals in Indore. But his gold medal in 74kg category left more than desired.

By: Express Web Desk |
Updated: November 19, 2017 3:44:44 pm
Sushil Kumar at the Wrestling Nationals in Indore Sushil Kumar won gold at the Wrestling Nationals in Indore in the 74kg category. (Source: PTI)

Sushil Kumar ended his barren run of nine years without a Wrestling Nationals gold medal on Friday when he secured the win in the 74kg category. However, his return to the mat after nearly three years has come with controversy. The Olympic medallist had to compete in just two of five bouts with the quarterfinals, semifinals and final all walkovers in Indore. This unopposed path has left a bad taste in the mouth for many including Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar.

In the tweet, Farhan wrote, “I hold @WrestlerSushil in high regard for all he has achieved through hard work, discipline, blood and sweat. Sincerely hope he does not accept the gold in this manner. It’s not sportsmanlike.” Praveen, Sachin Rathi and Parveen Rana all entered the wrestling area, touched Sushil’s feet and left without competing. As a result, the referee raised Sushil’s arm each time indicating a win.

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Among the mixed reactions, there were some who celebrated the return of the champion wrestler but there were some who questioned his manner of victory and called it a “sham” and “unsportsmanlike”.

Akhtar’s tweet, too, drew varied response from Twitter users. While there were some who supported the actor and the stance while calling for Sushil to return the medal, there were some who pointed out that a walkover was well within the rules.

Where do you stand on the debate? Is Sushil justified in celebrating such a win or do you believe there is little he can do when the opponents pull out?

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