Sushil Kumar was offered crores to settle for silver in world meet final
Before the gold medal match in the 2010 World Wrestling Championship, Indian wrestler, Sushil Kumar was offered cash to lose his finals bout. But, the Indian who later won the elusive gold medal defeating Russian Alan Gogaev, rejected it outright, though it ran into crores.
“A member of my entourage came up to me and said, 'Sushil, kushti ki liye keh rahe hai (They want to talk about the bout)'. When he explained the whole thing, I was aghast," said Sushil, reported The Times of India. On the contrary, the Indian put up a great show, as a result of which he got a standing ovation from the crowd in Moscow. To beat a wrestler like Alan Gogaev in his home turf was not an easy task, but Sushil showed the world, why he is one of the most respected wrestlers not only in India, but also, the globe.
"The money offered was around a good few crores. For a wrestler, it was really good money. The offer was communicated to one of our foreign coaches. 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." said Sushil, reported TOI.
This just goes onto explain, how Sushil placed the tri-colour flag high by showing great respect towards the sport, not taking the tempting offer. It could have been so easy for Sushil to take that money and lose the final, but winning the elusive gold medal was the most important thing for him. His gold medal winning performance justifies his dedication towards the sport, which gives him his bread and butter.
Many of us thought that it was only cricket, where such kind of match fixing takes place, but this revelation by the 2008 and 2012 Olympic medalist has surprised many. Who knows, if this is just one of those few wrestlers' stories, which has come out in the open. If Sushil Kumar has been approached, there are chances of other wrestlers being approached as well. If it has, the story yet, remains to be told.