Farhan Akhtar Slams Sushil Kumar’s Gold Medal Victory, Twitterati Left Divided

AP2TG Staff

Indian wrestler Sushil Kumar returned to the mat after 3 years and won a Wrestling Nationals gold medal on Friday in the 74kg category. He won his first Nationals Championships gold after nine years as he walked over to victory in Indore. However, his victory landed in a controversy claiming that he won the medal without even lifting a finger.

It was Sushil’s first competition after three years and since the controversy involving Narsingh Yadav in 2016 prior to the Rio Olympics, which saw neither grappler eventually take part in the Games. The two-time Olympics medalist returned to the game after a gap but many were disappointed when he ended up winning the tournament without fighting a single match, thanks to the walkovers presented by his opponents.

He just fought two out of his five bouts as his opponents in the quarterfinal, semifinal and final refused to fight him and allowed him an unopposed path to the gold medal. Praveen, Sachin Rathi, and Parveen Rana are the three wrestlers. They all gave a walkover to the 34-year-old ahead of their matches in the last three stages.

Before the match, they all touched Sushil’s feet, after which the referee raised Sushil’s arm, indicating the result.

One such reaction came from Bollywood Director-actor-singer Farhan Akhtar, who expressed his disappointment at the manner of Sushil’s victory. Farhan tweeted, “I hold @WrestlerSushil in high regard for all he has achieved through hard work, discipline, blood, and sweat. Sincerely hope he does not accept the gold in this manner. It’s not sportsmanlike.”

His tweet on the issue has divided Twitterati. The tweet resulted in a heated debate as fans supported the actor in his claim and were of the opinion that the wrestler should return the medal.

The result saw mixed reactions on social media as some fans celebrated Sushil’s win and hailed his comeback. While on the other hand, there were also a number of critical messages as people slammed the nature of his win, calling it a sham and against the spirit of sportsmanship.

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Whichever side one may be on in this debate, one thing is for certain that such a victory will hardly do anything to help Sushil, who is in need of match practice and such wins by walkovers will certainly not help to get his wrestling career back on track.

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