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'Lack of Olympics glory will affect wrestling'
Sushil Kumar has earned his name as India's top wrestler by winning an Olympic medal in both the 2008 Beijing Games as well as the 2012 London Games. He considers Olympics to be the biggest event of all. He has reasons to justify this as well. 'It is not only wrestling that is present in the Olympics as a sports discipline, but there are various other sports as well from around the world in the Olympics, which makes it a big event than any other,' Sushil told this citizen journalist, following removal of wrestling by IOC as an Olympic sport.

As it is, the sport of wrestling is lower down in popularity stakes compared to other Olympic sports such as athletics, football, and basketball in the world, and wrestlers keenly await for the Olympics. Sushil Kumar said, “The Olympics is the biggest platfrom for wrestlers, as it is the Olympics, which is viewed all over the world.

The wrestler puts the competition of Olympics in higher esteem, as compared to other competitions such as Asian Games and Commonwealth Games. He said, “In the Asian Games, there are only countries from Asia participating and for the Commonwealth Games it is only commonwealth countries that participate,” added Sushil Kumar. So, it is clear that the whole world is not going to watch the event.

The sport has been removed by the IOC from the list of core group of Olympic sports for the 2020 Olympics. Sushil said, “This spreads a wrong message to wrestlers all over the world as well as wrestlers who are preparing for the Games. It is also one of the oldest sports in Olympics so it is wrong to exclude it from Olympics. It has been present from the time the Olympic started.

Still, not all is lost, as there are high chances that the sport might return for the 2020 Olympics with voices from all over the world asking the sport of wrestling to be included again. There is a list of eight sports including wrestling, out of which only one would make it to the 2020 Olympics in place of wrestling. These sports are baseball/ softball, karate, rock climbing, roller sports, squash, wakeboarding and wushu.

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