October 4, 2022

Kumar, who received medals for India in 2012 and 2016, had been on the run since he was named within the homicide of a fellow wrestler.

Two-time Olympic wrestling medallist Sushil Kumar, wished in reference to the homicide of a former junior nationwide wrestling champion, has been arrested by the Delhi Police within the Indian capital New Delhi.

The 37-year-old had been on the run since 23-year-old Sagar Dhankhar was overwhelmed to loss of life on Could 4.

A Delhi courtroom on Tuesday rejected a bid by his legal professionals to stop his arrest and Kumar was offered earlier than a metropolis courtroom on Sunday, the police stated.

Kumar, who had additionally received a world title and Commonwealth Video games golds, was current when former junior nationwide champion Dhankad was overwhelmed to loss of life at New Delhi’s Chhatrasal Stadium in a conflict between rival wrestlers, in response to the police.

Police had carried out raids within the Delhi area and supplied a $1,350 reward resulting in the seize of Kumar, who received a freestyle wrestling silver medal on the 2012 London Olympics and a bronze on the Beijing Video games 4 years earlier.

“Now we have recorded statements of all of the victims they usually all made allegations in opposition to Sushil Kumar,” senior police officer Guriqbal Singh Sidhu instructed Indian media on Tuesday.

Kumar’s legal professionals went to courtroom Tuesday to hunt anticipatory bail within the case nevertheless it was refused due to the gravity of the allegations.

Dhankad, son of a Delhi police officer, died from his accidents the day after the combat. One other wrestler is below therapy and has recognized the alleged attackers, police stated.

Simply weeks from the scheduled begin of the Tokyo Olympics, the Wrestling Federation of India stated the game’s repute has been tarnished by the case.

Kumar was there when Dhankad was overwhelmed to loss of life at Chhatrasal Stadium [File: Ravi Choudhary/Hindustan Times via Getty Images]

“I need to say that the picture of Indian wrestling has been harm badly by this,” WFI secretary Vinod Tomar instructed reporters.

Tomar stated wrestling had been battling to enhance its picture to battle the thought of “wrestlers … recognized solely as a bunch of goons”.

The case is the second scandal to hit Indian wrestling in months.

A coach, Sukhwinder Mor, is awaiting trial for the homicide of 5 folks, together with a rival coach, in February.

Kumar was the primary Indian to win two particular person Olympic medals and likewise the primary in additional than 5 many years to get a wrestling medal.

His success impressed a era of Indian wrestlers, together with Yogeshwar Dutt and the Phogat sisters.

Whereas nonetheless lively within the sport, Kumar had not certified for the Tokyo Video games the place India had hopes of successful 4 medals.

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