Precisely a yr in the past, on the event of World Wrestling Day, India’s best exponent of that sport, Sushil Kumar, had posted a picture onto his Twitter account. ‘Comfortable World wrestling day’ was the caption of the picture of one in every of Sushil’s best triumphs. It is from the ultimate moments of his bout in opposition to Kazakhstan’s Akhzurek Tantarov within the semifinals of the 2012 Olympics. Sushil, then 28, is on the peak of his bodily items – a hero from antiquity. He has muscled the Kazakh wrestler off the mat, his left leg and proper arm trapped in a vice like grip. In a fraction of a second, Tantarov will come crashing down and Sushil heading to the Olympic last, the place he’ll develop into the primary Indian to win a second particular person Olympic medal.
Comfortable World Wrestling Day ���� pic.twitter.com/1LTJJ719HJ
– Sushil Kumar (@WrestlerSushil) May 23, 2020
On Sunday, there was a unique picture of Sushil doing the rounds of social media. The 37-year-old appears bedraggled, his face – by authorized necessities hidden by a towel, his arms tightly held by two giant Delhi Police males of the Particular Cell who tower over him. Paraded in entrance of the ready media, he is their star catch – a two time Olympic medallist – the one Indian wrestler to have been a world champion, now accused of the homicide of a 23-year-old, arrested after two weeks on the run.
The basics of the case are indeniable at this level. Late on the evening of Might 4, Sagar Rana, a 23-year-old former junior nationwide champion wrestler, was killed in a brawl exterior Chhatrasal stadium – maybe essentially the most premiere ending faculty of Indian wrestling — the place Sushil had as soon as skilled himself and the place he now serves as an administrator. Sushil had mentioned he had nothing to do with the matter however was named by the Police of their First Data Report.
He had gone into hiding quickly after, even because the police known as him in for questioning and the courts later issued non-bailable warrants for his arrest. Studies say he flitted from state to state, from location to location in North India, earlier than being arrested and paraded like a typical felony in Delhi itself.
His run from the regulation has perplexed individuals, not simply those that know him.
Wrestling, one of many earliest and most elemental of sports activities is about one athlete making an attempt to subdue the opposite with no tools aside from his personal physique and power of will, making the acutely aware determination to decide on combat relatively than flight. The mythology of kushti too is replete with tales of nice fighters locking limbs in bouts that into hours, days, eons, dropping however by no means fleeing the sphere.
For a lot of his profession, Sushil was the fashionable exemplification of this preferrred that reaches again to antiquity. He was identified for his wealth of accomplishments and extra lately his capability to hone expertise at Chhatrasal. However what had at all times stood out was his willingness to remain within the combat.
In his bout in opposition to Tantarov in London, Sushil had been down 0-3 within the deciding interval with only a minute and a half left in play. Confronted with the prospect of the tip of his Olympic dream, he had launched himself on to the Kazakh. Even when he took again the lead, he had stayed on the offensive, lastly lifting up Tantarov to seal the win. There had been troubling accusations of unsportsmanlike behaviour – thumbs to the attention and bites to the Kazakh’s ear that drew blood – all moments which may have proved prescient for his difficult life and his want to win in any respect prices afterward. However when it mattered Sushil had fought again, gone toe to toe with adversity, and gained.
Sushil remains to be solely an accused within the crime. He would possibly nonetheless be proved harmless of his expenses. However when it was time to confront the most important problem of his life, what shall be famous was that relatively than select to combat, Sushil selected to run.
For all his unbelievable achievements on the mat it’s this last motion that leaves him immensely diminished. Beneath one publish displaying Sushil’s arrest on social media is a remark that reads “He does not even look that powerful as he seems on TV. Even the Policemen look more durable than him.”