Oct 10, 2010
SUSHIL KUMAR WINS GOLD
New Delhi: Olympics bronze medallist and world champion wrestler Sushil Kumar won the gold in the Freestyle 66 kg category at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday.
Sushil, who won his world title at Moscow, got the better of his South African opponent Heinrich Barnes 7-0 to prevail to gold in a full Indira Gandhi stadium.
His win took India's Gold tally to 28. Bronze was won by Canada's Chris Prickett, who overcame Pakistan's Muhammad Salman 8-4.
Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit was present at the medal ceremony and congratulated Sushil on his victory.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi was also present with her son and Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi.
Apr 4, 2010
Khashaba Jadhav – Wrestling Champion and Neglected Real Hero
Maharashtra Wrestling team receiving the trophy by the Minister of State for Science and Technology Prithviraj Chavan after winning the 10th Khashaba Jadhav memorial all India wrestling competition at Karad.
'We don't celebrate the true heroes of India'
By Faisal Shariff
Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real. So believed Khashaba Jhadhav, India's first individual Olympic medalist. Jhadhav was the first and only one of two Indians to win an individual medal at the quadrennial games.
And yet you wonder how you have never heard of Jhadhav before. We have heard of P T Usha and Milkha Singh, India's sprint heroes who faltered at those crucial microseconds at the Olympics. The high profile athletes whom the country honoured with awards. There is absolutely no doubt that both athletes deserved the awards, but what is intriguing is why K D Jhadhav did not get the same, if not greater, recognition for his effort sans any assistance.
Recalls Ranjit Jhadhav, his only son, "When Baba wanted some financial help for his journey to the Helsinki Olympics, he received a cold snub from (then Bombay chief minister) Morarji Desai, asking him to contact them after the Games."