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Posted at: Jan 4, 2018, 1:54 AM; last updated: Jan 4, 2018, 1:54 AM (IST)SUSHIL-PARVEEN FIGHT

Stung by accusations, WFI to get bout reviewed

Wrestling Federation of India to send controversial bout’s video to world body

Vinayak Padmadeo

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 3

The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) is thinking about sending the footage of the controversial bout between Parveen Rana and Sushil Kumar to the United World Wrestling (UWW).

Rana, in his written complaint, has requested WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh to get his bout with Sushil checked by the UWW Wrestling Committee.

“...Fraud was committed and the video will show how Sushil’s supporters were coming on to the mat during the bout, threatening me; scoring was done in a biased manner and as a result I was declared on the losing side,” Rana wrote in his complaint.

This part of Rana’s complaint has stung the WFI top brass as it raises doubts over the standard of refereeing. Though WFI still feels that refereeing was of a good standard, the federation wants to get a stamp of approval from the world body. 

The video is expected to be sent to UWW’s chief instructor of referees, Germany’s Antonio Silvestri.

Disciplinary committee

to take charge

On December 29, a group of people alleged to be Sushil’s supporters had beaten up Rana and his brother Naveen for “daring to fight against Sushil”. Subsequently, an FIR was filed by Naveen.

In the FIR, a copy of which is with The Tribune, Rana has identified six persons, whom he claims to know from his training days at the Chhatrasal Stadium here. Baljeet, Deepak Varahi, Ajay, Karmveer Tejender, Sushant Nahra and Pawan have been named in the FIR. Rana further claims that he could identify a few others if he saw them again.

Meanwhile, the WFI president said that the scuffle between Sushil’s supporters and Rana and his brother was bad for the game.

Singh is set to forward Rana’s complaint to WFI’s disciplinary committee, which is headed by senior vice-president ID Nanavati. Once the process is complete, Sushil will be served a notice to explain his side of the story.

The WFI president was non-committal when asked about a deadline to resolve the matter. “We will do something in this matter soon,” Singh said.

“On one side, we have a double Olympics medallist, who, along with Yogeshwar Dutt and Sakshi Malik, has been central in making wrestling a popular sport in India. On the other side, we have a serious indiscipline issue. We have to tread very carefully in this matter,” he added. “Whenever we have to deal with such a situation, where a big name is involved, it becomes a problem for the federation. But let me tell you this, if and when the disciplinary committee gives its report, we will take action.”

Greco-Roman in Pro-Wrestling League

There is good news for Greco-Roman wrestlers. They too would be seen during the third edition of the Pro-Wrestling League that gets underway here from January 9. The first two editions did not feature Greco-Roman wrestling. However, wrestlers from only two weight categories — 60kg and 77kg — will be seen in action. This is being done to promote the discipline, which has a small fan-following in the country. Each of the six franchises will get to take one Indian and one foreigner in the two weight categories. The expected salary bracket will be pegged between $3000-4000 for all the wrestlers. The names of the foreigners will be decided on Thursday by WFI and Pro-Sportify, the organisers of PWL.

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