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'No one took my World Championship fixing claim seriously'

August 23, 2013 20:59 IST

Sushil KumarIndia's double Olympic medallist wrestler Sushil Kumar says the country’s sports administrators did not take him seriously when he said he was offered to lose the 2010 World Championship final in Moscow in return for huge money.

"I had told even in 2010 about this incident but nobody responded. I'm not in FILA (world body for wrestling) or any other federation, so can't say if the Russian's medal should be taken away," Sushil told NDTV on Friday.

He was referring to his 66kg freestyle bout against Russian Alan Gogayev in the World Championships, which he won 3-1.

The London Games silver medallist had claimed that he was offered around Rs 3 crore to lose the title round.

"I was approached through a coach to 'throw' the final bout. I was offered about 3 crores... wrestling is huge in Russia, and they didn't expect an Indian to enter the final," he said.

The 30-year-old went on to add that wrestling should get rid of corrupt officials. 

Image: Sushil Kumar