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Speaking with TOI , Sushil explained the manner in which the gold medal came his way.
Excerpts from a conversation
How do you see your Friday win?
I returned to senior national championship after 2009 and wanted to be at my best. I had trained hard for the tournament. I am lucky that my fellow wrestlers respect me so much. Every win is special for me.
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The walkovers you got in the medal rounds evoked mixed reactions, some criticising the parampara of walkovers. Your views…
I do not think it is controversial at all. I was here to compete and I walked into the arena to fight against my opponents, but if they did not step up to fight me what can I do? All three who gave me walkovers are my juniors and have been practising with me for years. I’d say it shows the love and respect they have for me. As for me, I was ready to fight.
As sportsmen, was it right for them to give up without competing?
If I were in their place, and standing against a senior wrestler to compete, I’d have done the same since there is a tradition of giving respect to senior wrestlers. Second, it is also a great strategy of the wrestler and the coach not to waste energy in a fight they know they will not win. In bouts like these, there is high risk of injury, so I’d say it was a smart move (to give a walkover).
After your win, you promptly tweeted about the victory. Are you that active on social media?
Honestly speaking, I do not handle all these social media accounts. There are people who manage this for me. I am far away from social networking. In championships and events like these, I get to meet fans who show immense love to me.
A movie on your life, perhaps…
I think Sakshi (Malik) is a bigger star than me. A movie should be made on her life, her success. It would be inspirational.
Source : timesofindia