New Delhi: The menace of match-fixing is spreading its wings and it seems to have reached the wrestling mat as well, with a Times of India report on Friday revealing that double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar was offered cash to lose the final of the 2010 world championships in Moscow, Russia.
"The money offered was around a good few crores," Sushil told TOI, explaining that his entourage was approached with the offer to lose the final against Russia's Alan Gogaev. "A member of my entourage came up to me and said, 'Sushil, kushti ki liye keh rahe hai' [they want to talk about the bout]."
"When he explained the whole thing, I was aghast." The money offered was around a good few crores. For a wrestler, it was really good money. The offer was communicated to one of our foreign coaches," Sushil said.
But Sushil was focused on winning India's first ever world title and went on to demolish Gogaev 3-1. "It was not a matter of two or four crores. Humari bhi izzat ki baat thhi [it was a question of India's pride as well]," said the London Olympics silver medallist.