Sushil Kumar's revelation that he was offered money to lose the championship fight at the 2010 world meet in Moscow has thrown doubt over whether any sport is safe from fixing.
"A member of my entourage came up to me and said, 'Sushil, kushti ki liye keh rahe hai (They want to talk about the bout)'," Kumar told Times of India in this report.
Sushil was preparing for his match against Russia's Alan Gogaev when the offer was communicated to one of the foreign coaches. The two-time Olympic medallist added that it was worth 'a few crores'.
And probably the money was offered keeping in mind what Sushil could do to his opponent. He dispatched him 3-1 and won India's only world championship wrestling gold medal to a standing ovation.
Sushil, who is a big Lionel Messi fan, also revealed an interesting conversation with Sachin Tendulkar during a promotional event.
"(Sachin) told me, 'If you want to win another medal then stay as you are and don't follow these people by doing the things they do.' I looked up to see which people and he was pointing to some of his fellow cricketers. I won't name which ones. You make your conclusion," he was quoted as saying in the report.
India's ace wrestler, who was nursing a shoulder injury over the year, is now fully fit and preparing for the 16-22 September world championships at Budapest.
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Published Date: Aug 23, 2013 03:45 pm | Updated Date: Aug 23, 2013 03:45 pm