Sushil Kumar and Divya Kakran, both bow out from World Wrestling Championship

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Sushil Kumar with Divya Kakran

World Wrestling Championship is scheduled to be held in Budapest, Hungary from 20th to 28th October this year.

Double Olympic medalist, Sushil Kumar, has decided to opt out of the World Wrestling Championship this time, citing struggling form for the season. At the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta last month, Sushil lost his qualification round 3-5 to Bahrain’s Adam Batirov. Sushil led 2-1 after the first period with a take down but the Bahrini made a strong comeback to silence the Indian fans.

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Sushil Kumar

Another Asian Games bronze medalist, Divya Kakran, too has announced that she will not participate in the Championship due to an ankle injury. The wrestler who won the medal in the recently held 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, on Wednesday had lashed out at the Delhi government for not extending any help to her before the games.

“Nobody helps us when we need it and had I got assistance, I could have even won a gold medal,” she had mocked the Kejriwal government at a felicitation event held in Delhi last week.

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Divya Kakran with Delhi Government

Sushil had suffered an embarrassing first-round exit from the Asian Games and his participation was shrouded in doubt, as reported by PTI.

“Both Sushil and Divya have conveyed that they should not be considered for the Worlds. Jitendra Kumar will now compete in the 74kg. We have decided to field Navjot Kaur in the 68kg in place of injured Divya,” a WFI source told PTI on Tuesday.

“Divya’s ankle problem had aggravated in Jakarta during the Asian Games. She is undergoing rehabilitation program at a camp in Bahalgarh,” the source added.

 

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Sushil Kumar has not commented himself officially on the matter.

On other hand, Sakshi Malik, who is also struggling, will have to undergo trials. It will be a tough fight for her with Sarita Mor for a place in the 62kg category.

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