Wrestlers leave for US tourney sans Sushil; Yogeshwar doubtful

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sushil-kumarOlympic medallists Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt have opted out of travelling with the 10-strong Indian wrestling contingent, which will leave for the Dave Schultz Memorial International tournament in Colorado Springs from January 30 to February 1.

Two-time Olympic medallist Sushil and London Games bronze medallist Yogeshwar will not be a part of the touring squad for the training-cum-competition programme, starting January 17th, due to their respective personal issues.

The contingent comprises Amit Kumar Dhankhar, Amit Kumar Dahiya, Sandeep Tomar, Bajrang, Rahul Aware, Praveen Rana, Pawan Kumar, Satyavrat Kadian, Jaideep and Rohit Patel and will be accompanied by chief national coach Vinod Kumar.

Sushil became the father of twin boys last week and it has been learnt that he wants to spend some more time with his newborns before embarking on a fortnight long journey to the USA.

India`s only double Olympic individual medallist, Sushil has conveyed his decision to the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) and will be taking a flight to the USA this coming weekend or early next week.

In case of Yogeshwar, he has to appear for his Deputy Superintendent examination with Haryana Police from January 17 to 24 as he is still a probationary officer.

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had, in August 2008, announced that four players of the state, including Yogeshwar would be appointed as DSP in recognition of his significant achievements.

Yogeshwar had presented his joining report as DSP in January 2009 at the police headquarters in Panchkula but since then, he hasn`t been able to appear for the written test to officially join the posting.

“I was undergoing DSP training with the Haryana police since 2009 after presenting my joining report to DGP R S Dalal. I could not sit for the written examination on earlier occasions due to my hectic international schedule. I am still a probationary officer and to formally join the rank as DSP, I need to clear my test papers,” Yogeshwar said.