Double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar is in danger of missing Commonwealth Games after ugly brawl with fellow wrestler Praveen Rana.
The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has indicated that Sushil could be suspended and his entry into the CWG, which are to be held in April, might be withdrawn if Delhi police file a chargesheet against him after a famous brawl with Rana during the selection trials for the Gold Coast CWG.
WFI's response came after Sushil responded to the federation's show-cause notice, denying his involvement in the scuffle which saw some alleged Sushil supporters thrashing Rana's elder brother Naveen following the high-tension bout between Sushil and Rana in the 74kg category. Sushil beat Rana 7-3 in the semifinal and then Jitender Kumar 4-3 in the final to qualify for the CWG.
Rana, who recently filed a writen report with the WFI, alleged that Sushil instigated his supporters and threatened to harm him and his brother for daring to take the mat against the celebrated Olympian from Baprola village in Delhi's Najafgarh.
Meanwhile, Sushil expressed his "shock and surprise" over the allegations levelled against him.
He said, "Wrestling is my life and I am always committed to the sport of wrestling. I had no intention to demean wrestling or any of the wrestler and I will never ever do it. I myself didn't want to disrupt the discipline of the federation and I'll always follow it in the future. I want to assure that neither I nor any of my supporters were involved in this whole incident. I condemn the entire episode."