Olympian Sushil Kumar, supporters booked for brawl


Delhi Police on Saturday registered an FIR against double Olympic medallist and former world champion Sushil Kumar a day after scuffle broke out between his and wrestler Praveen Rana's supporters at the KD Jadhav Stadium here.

According to police, they have been booked for allegedly voluntarily causing hurt and wrongful restraint.

The supporters of the two wrestlers yesterday engaged in an ugly clash and came to blows during the selection trial for the Gold Coast Games, to be held in April next year.

After getting a royal snub from the Wrestling Federation of India and Delhi High Court, which cost him the Rio ticket, the decorated Olympian will finally be able to represent his nation at an event as big as the Commonwealth Games next year. After the walkover controversy at the Senior Nationals, Sushil beat Dinesh Kumar, Parveen Rana and Jitender in the trials. Supporters of both the wrestlers contesting at the qualifying match locked horns for unverified reasons.

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The incident occurred after one of the trial bouts, in which Sushil defeated Parveen, for next year's Commonwealth Games. "All this is a part of sports", Sushil told reporters after the bouts. Sushil downplayed the whole incident and said, "He bit me but no problem, it might be his tactics to stop me from performing well". Whatever happened here was wrong.

Tweeted Sushil later, "It's very unfortunate and highly condemnable what has happened today at the stadium". Praveen Rana had earlier claimed that the wrestler and his supporters had beaten him and his brother up and had threatened to kill him if he "dared" to compete against Sushil Kumar in the Pro Wrestling League next month.

The double Olympic medalist came back on the worldwide scene after three years and won the gold at Commonwealth Championship held in December in Johannesburg, South Africa.