Wrestling maestro Sushil Kumar issued notice by WFI

The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) dispensed a formal notice to two-time Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar as a part of its investigation procedures into the brawl that ensued at the Commonwealth Games selection trials last week, a senior official said on Thursday.

Within three days, Sushil has been instructed to explain the actions of his supporters and respond to the charges leveled against him by Parveen Rana, his challenger in the 74kg freestyle weight class. In a written complaint to the WFI earlier this week, Rana accused Sushil and his supporters of beating up him and his brother Naveen. At the same time, Rana alleged ‘fraud’ was committed in the bout while also alleging ‘biased’ scoring. He attributed this to the referees feeling pressurized from Sushil’s corner.

Sushil defeated Rana 7-3 in the bout before beating another wrestler, Jitender, to secure his place in the CWG-bound squad. However, moments post the final bout, Rana alleged he and Naveen were beaten up by a group of men who he identified as Sushil’s supporters. The brothers subsequently lodged a police complaint against Sushil and six others from the Chhtrasal Stadium, where they all trained together before Rana relocated to Sonepat.

WFI assistant secretary Vinod Tomar said that no action is being planned against Sushil as of now.  The issue will be referred to WFI’s disciplinary committee, who is also likely to review the bout under the supervision of United World Wrestling jury member and referee Ashok Kumar Bhanwala.

“The bout might be reviewed because Rana has alleged fraud. However, all our officials were present on the day of the trials and there was nothing wrong technically,” Tomar said.

Rana and Sushil are India’s two main contenders in the 74kg category. Now, the healthy competition between the two has turned into a bloody rivalry over the last year since Rana left Chhatrasal to train independently.

During the national championships, Rana gave Sushil a walkover in the final. A month later, they faced each other at the Commonwealth Championships in Johannesburg, where Sushil won 5-4. Another noteworthy incident was during the hotly-contested bout for a spot in the CWG squad, Sushil accused Rana of biting him.

Sources – Indian Express, The Tribune

CWG – India finish 5th as big guns let down nation

Glasgow: Sometimes, it is actually good to be an English supporter when it comes to sports. A star-studded team heads to Brazil to bring back the glory of 1966; comes back finishing bottom of the group table. Spirits crushed? Nah! Oh look! Andy Murray, centre court! The lad will surely win a back-to-back Wimbledon! Grigor Dimitrov knocks him over. The trump card finally!Inventor of the Gentleman’s game. Here come the Indians tasting a 0 – 4 drubbing last time. Off to head to Nottingham to finally have some smiles back. First Test – ends in a draw. Second Test – An inspired Ishant Sharma spoils the party! England trail India 0-1 with a defeat at Lords!

And when all looked over, the Commonwealth games at Glasgow come to an end. An almost equal share in all the three medal columns with 58 gold medals, 57 silver and 56 bronze medals – their best performance since 1986. A 16 – year old Claudia Fragapane alone wins 4 gold medals in the artistic gymnastics. They won 27 in the athletic field, followed by 28 more in the swimming section. Dominating the tallies ruthlessly with a total of 171 medals, second placed Australia finished way behind by a margin of 37 medals behind.

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For India, it was a rather disappointing scenario to see more than 200 athletes managing to clinch only 38 medals as they fell to a lowly 5th spot from being 2nd four years back. With 15 gold medals alongside 30 silvers and 19 bronze medals to end with 64, India put up their worst performance in nearly two decades.Though now remembered for only the wrong reasons and as a feather of the length of UPA corruptions, but the performance in Delhi 2010 indeed now looks as a fairy tale. India had not just finished second behind Australia, but had a staggering 101 medals to boast of!

One may argue that finishing 5th out of the 71 participating nations is indeed commendable, and while that is true, one cannot simply rule out the disappointment of losing 37 medals in 4 years!

The Golden athletes

Wrestling, shooting and weightlifting had forever been the key areas where India had been consistent and there was no surprise this time around as well with as many as 12 medals out of the 15 coming from these three sections alone.

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India however put up a good show apart from few sectors such as boxing, table-tennis, track and field etc. With 9 silvers from shooting and 6 others from wrestling, India lost out on several such opportunities to actually capitalise on the hopes built and the run into the game. Star boxer Vijender Singh ended his run unsuccessfully in the finals to finish with the silver while the deadly duo of Ashwini Ponappa and Jwala Gutta saw them lose out en route to their gold defence they had bagged back in 2010.

There were quite a few big names involved who failed to live up to their expectations with Gagan Narang and P.V Sindhu being the most iconic ones. While the Olympic gold medallist missed out on his opportunities and settled for a silver and bronze, Sindhu crashed out in the semis to only secure a bronze.

Wrestling

Having already won gold in the 60 kg category back in 2010, Yogeshwar kept up the momentum going as he went on to clinch the 65 kg freestyle category of Men’s Wrestling at Glasgow this year. He had been performing brilliantly over the past 4 years with this being his second gold in the Commonwealth alongside the bronze medal won in the Summer Olympics.

It wasn’t just Yogeshwar however who had the dream run going. 31 year-old Olympic silver and bronze medalist and winner at the 2010 Commonwealth games Sushil Kumar bagged his gold in Men’s wrestling, 75kg freestyle defeating Qamar Abbas of Pakistan.

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It was a close match between the Nigerian Ebikweminomo Welson and Amit Kumar but the Indian bettered 3-1 to clinch his debut gold in Men’s wrestling, 57kg freestyle. Amit had won silver in the World Championships last year.

In Women’s wrestling, Babita Kumari bettered her individual record at the Games to clinch 55 kg freestyle. Having won silver 4 years back, she completely dominated the proceedings defeating her Canadian opponent 9-2. Youngster VineshPhogat defeated Yana Rattigan of England 11-8 in the 48 kg freestyle to clinch her first international medal. The 19 year-old is the cousin of Geeta Phogat, India’s first gold medallist winner in the 55kg category.

Shooting

It was an Indian 1-2 in Men’s shooting, 50 m Pistol where 26 year-old Jitu Rai secured gold followed by Gurpal Singh who finished second. Rai had set the games record in the qualification round achieving 562 points before setting the finals games record with a staggering total of 194.1 points. Gurpal Singh ended with 187.2 points.

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Former World and Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra won his first individual gold when the ace shooter ended with a record 205.3 points on board in the Men’s 10m Air Rifle. Bindra had won gold in the past 3 Commonwealth games in the 10m category but in pairs.

In women’s shooting, Rahi Sarnobat went on to add another feather in the crown as she won an all-Indian duel in the final of the Women’s shooting 25 m Pistol event with Anisa Sayyed finishing second.Rahi had finished with silver in the individual event back in New Delhi but had won gold in pairs. Another all-Indian affair between Apurvi Chandela and Ayonika Paul ended with the former going on to clinch what was her first individual gold medal.

Weightlifting

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Records galore as Satish Sivalingam clinched gold in the Men’s 77 kg weightlifting category – a games record with a total lift of 328 kg and another with his 149 kg snatch. Ravi Katulu lifted a total of 317 kg to win silver medal. He had won the 69 kg gold back in New Delhi.

In the 56 kg category, 25 year-old Sukhen Dey won gold on the very opening day of the competition with a total lift of 248 kg. In the very same category he had finished second in the New Delhi Commonwealth games.

In Women’s weightlifting Khumukcham SanjitaChanu bagged te gold medal with a total lift of 173 kg in the 48 kg category, just missing the games record by 2 kilos. Her snatch of 77 kg had however equaled the record held by Nkem Nwaokolo. Swati Singh had won bronze in the 53 kg category with a games record of a total 183 kg.

Athletics

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Vikas Gowda became the first Indian to have secured the pole position in field events at the Commonwealth games after winning the gold medal in the Men’s discus throw. Though Gowda threw the discus to 63.64m to clinch the coveted medal,back in 2010, he had thrown it a bit longer at 63.69, but had to be satisfied with silver.

Squash

The doubles pair of Dipika Pallikal and Joshana Chinappa gave India its first ever medal at the Commonwealth games in squash as they went on to defeat England’s Jenny Duncalf and Laura Massaro 11-6, 11-8 in straight sets in the finals.

Badminton

Parupalli Kashyap won gold on the last day of the Commonwealth Games as he went on to defeat Singapore’s Derek Wong 21-14, 11-21, 21-19 to clinch the gold. He was also the first Indian in 32 years to clinch a badminton gold at the Games.

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Other memorable achievements

The Indian hockey team won silver yet again with the team outplayed by the Aussies who won gold. India had finished second even in the previous edition of the Commonwealth Games. India won 5 medals in boxing; their tally reducing by 2 from New Delhi along with no gold medals to boast of as well.

Controversies

IOA Secretary General Rajiv Mehta and unattached international wrestling referee Virender Malik were arrested on charges of alleged assault and drunk driving by the Scotland police. Sachin Choudhary, a para-powerlifter caught for doping in a test conducted by NADA. He had left Glasgow early citing his father’s ill-health.

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Swati Singh’s bronze and Santoshi Matsa’s silver in the 53 kg weightlifting category came as a result of the 16 year-old Nigerian athlete Chika Amalaha’s testing positive in the doping test. She had set the games record lifting 196 kg breaking the previous best of 188 kg.

Former champion and gold medalist at the New Delhi Commonwealth games, Amantle Montsho was the second athlete to be tested positive after she ended 4th in the 400m final. The test concluded results that showed the existence of the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine in her body. The drug was also used by three athletes in the Winter Olympics in Sochi earlier this year.