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Olympic Medallist Sushil Kumar to Watch Tokyo 2020 from Behind Bars

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Last Updated: July 23, 2021, 12:25 IST

NEW DELHI

Sushil Kumar's aide has been arrested (Instagram Photo)

Sushil Kumar's aide has been arrested (Instagram Photo)

Sushil Kumar will get to watch the Tokyo Olympics after a television set was arranged in the common area of Tihar jail.

India’s two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar will be catching all the action at the Tokyo Games from inside the jail where he is incarcerated on charges of kidnap and murder.

A television has been arranged in the common area of Tihar jail in New Delhi after a request by Kumar’s lawyer to prison authorities.

“We have allowed Sushil to watch television in the common area of his ward along with others," Sandeep Goel, director general of Delhi prisons, told reporters.

“He had made a request through his lawyer for a TV to stay updated about wrestling matches and other happenings."

Kumar, 38, was arrested in May after a week-long manhunt over the murder of promising wrestler Sagar Dhankad at a stadium in the capital.

Kumar, who is the only Indian to win two individual Olympic medals, has pleaded innocent and accused police of a biased investigation.

He won the freestyle wrestling silver at the 2012 London Games after bagging a bronze at the Beijing Olympics four years earlier.

He has also won three Commonwealth Games golds and was awarded India’s highest honour for athletes in 2009.

Last month, a Delhi court had dismissed an application by Kumar seeking special food and supplements in prison.

Kumar is lodged in a separate cell in Tihar for security reasons.

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first published:July 23, 2021, 12:25 IST
last updated:July 23, 2021, 12:25 IST
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