National Wrestling Championship: Sushil Kumar says he is not to blame if opponents are not willing to fight

Two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar on Saturday brushed aside the hat-trick of walkovers en-route his gold at the National Wrestling Championship, stating that the situation was beyond his control.

PTI November 18, 2017 23:49:59 IST
National Wrestling Championship: Sushil Kumar says he is not to blame if opponents are not willing to fight

Indore: Two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar on Saturday brushed aside the hat-trick of walkovers en-route his gold at the National Wrestling Championship, stating that the situation was beyond his control.

National Wrestling Championship Sushil Kumar says he is not to blame if opponents are not willing to fight

File photo of Sushil Kumar. Reuters

"If my opponents are not ready to fight, what could I have possibly done in such circumstances?" Sushil asked mediapersons in Indore after winning the yellow metal in the most bizarre manner at the National Championship.

Some of Sushil's opponents touched his feet to pay respect while conceding their bouts and referee termed it as "our tradition".

When asked about it, Sushil replied: "Every sportsperson respect their seniors but when two wrestlers are fighting it out on a mat, they are equals. But this is a completely different matter that a grappler does not want to fight it out against the opposition."

Back in action after three years, Sushil battled for just two minutes and 33 seconds in total on the mat as he fought only two of his initial round bouts before three of his opponents - in the quarterfinal, semi-final and final – gave him a walkover.

With people questioning the merit of his victory, a nonchalant Sushil said: "Controversy has always followed me wherever I have gone."

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