Wrestling Federation of India unlikely to renew contracts of Sushil Kumar, Pooja Dhanda
Captured in a homicide case, two times Olympic-medallist Sushil Kumar is set to be dropped from the Wrestling Federation of India’s yearly agreements list alongside Pooja Dhanda by virtue of poor performance when the body holds a survey meeting one month from now.
The gathering between the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) and backers Tata Motors was to be held in 2020 however was required to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
A WFI source said the choice to drop Sushil is due to his poor past performances and has nothing to do with his capture for his supposed contribution in the recent kidnapping and murder case of a fellow wrestler, Sagar Dhankad, at the Chhatrasal arena.
“Unmistakably Sushil and Pooja have not done anything outstanding since they were offered contracts. They won’t get it done when the survey meeting is held one month from now,” a WFI source told PTI.
The WFI had followed some guidelines from BCCI’s experience to offer focal agreements to its major parts in 2019. Around 150 wrestlers had got one-year contracts that are liable to audit.
Sushil was elevated to Rs 30 lakh Grade An agreement after at first being put in Grade B that gave the wrestlers a yearly compensation of Rs 20 lakh. Pooja was additionally positioned in Grade A.
Sushil couldn’t win any decoration in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and furthermore quit the 2019 World Championship with a nearby first-round rout. He has not contended from that point forward.
The 2018 World Championship bronze-medallist Pooja also has lost her spot in the 57kg class. She didn’t contend in 2020 and her last decoration-winning execution came in July 2019 when she won a silver at the Grand Prix of Spain.
When reached, WFI Assistant Secretary Vinod Tomar didn’t affirm the avoidance of the two grapplers yet implied such a stage can’t be precluded by the same token.
“All choices will be made at the gathering as it were. In any case, one thing is certain that supporters’ cash won’t be conveyed in vain. We need to use the cash shrewdly,” Tomar said.
Much before Sushil got entangled in the stunning case, there were inquiries concerning why WFI was keeping him in the contracted rundown given his absence of cooperation at the worldwide level.
To this, Tomar clarified that “Sushil was not paid his full agreement sum in 2020.”
“It couldn’t be any more obvious, we didn’t give the new agreement to any grapplers in 2020 on the grounds that there was no audit. We paid Sushil an entirety just for one quarter in 2020 and he didn’t get anything after that since he was not contending,” he said.
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A choice on Olympic bronze-medallist Sakshi Malik, who has been beaten by the youthful Sonam Malik multiple times over the most recent 15 months in the 62kg class, will likewise be distinctly watched.
Sakshi, who has a Grade An agreement, had to contend in the non-Olympic 65kg division, where she won a silver decoration at the Asian Championships in Almaty, a month ago.
Tomar said there are acceptable possibilities that Seema Bisla, who qualified for the Tokyo Games in 50kg, will be given an agreement.
“I can’t say if Seema will get the most noteworthy section however she ought to get one. She amazed us all with her great show. Additionally, WFI President BB Sharan had granted Rs 2.5 lakh each to young people Anshu Malik and Sonam for showing huge advancement,” he said.
“We likewise delivered one quarter’s installment to 60 junior (Rs 7500 every month) and Cadet (Rs 5000 every month) grapplers,” he said.