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Money offered to throw 2010 world final: Wrestler Sushil Kumar

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A file photo of wrestling champion Sushil Kumar who has alleged that he was offered money to throw the 2010 world final.
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A file photo of wrestling champion Sushil Kumar who has alleged that he was offered money to throw the 2010 world final.

Indian double Olympic wrestling medallist and former world champion Sushil Kumar has said he was offered cash for losing the 2010 world wrestling championship against his Russian opponent, a news report said on Friday.

The offer came just before the 66-kg freestyle wrestling final in Moscow against Russia’s Alan Gogaev, Mr. Kumar was quoted as saying by a newspaper.

“The money offered was a few crore (a crore is equal to 10 million rupees). For a wrestler it was really good money,” Mr. Kumar said. “It was communicated to one of our foreign coaches,” he added.

“The event was taking place in Russia and my final opponent was a Russian. It’s our country so our player should win - that’s what they seemed to want,” Mr. Kumar said.

Mr. Kumar who went on to defeat Gogaev 3-1, added: “It was not a matter of two-four crores. It was also a matter of honour.”

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A salute to Sushil Kumar for placing honour before money, and for putting country before self. Cricketers, who make millions by endorsement and still fix matches (that too two bit worthy IPL) should learn from this. I sincerely hope this this statement from World Champ should remind the current generation that money should not replace honour.

from:  Santosh
Posted on: Aug 23, 2013 at 14:07 IST

Sushil Kumar you made our country proud!! May God bless you with many more achievements. My best wishes to you. You are an inspiration to many people, thanks for coming out and sharing this story.

from:  Reva
Posted on: Aug 23, 2013 at 13:32 IST

In those cases, India pride and honour should be given importance rather than money

from:  jhansi
Posted on: Aug 23, 2013 at 13:18 IST

Hats off to sushil kumar....!My respect for him has increased....!

from:  ash
Posted on: Aug 23, 2013 at 12:35 IST
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