Praveen Rana will replace double Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar at the upcoming Asian Championships in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, as the latter faces time on the sidelines due to a knee injury. Rana will participate in the Asian Championships which begins on February 27 and ends on March 4.
Things haven’t been smooth-sailing between wrestlers Sushil Kumar and Praveen Rana of late, with both their supporters clashing during the Commonwealth games 2018 trials at the KD Jadhav stadium in December last year. Kumar’s supporters had allegedly thrashed Rana’s elder brother after which the latter registered a complaint against him and his supporters.
However, in a dramatic turn of events, Rana is now all set to take the place of Kumar, who is suffering from a knee injury, in the upcoming Asian Championships held in Bishkek, as per reports of The Tribune. An injured Kumar would supposedly skip the tournament, which is set to begin on February 27. Reports have also surfaced that Kumar has withdrawn from the Pro Wrestling League in order to recover from the injury.
“He doesn’t want to risk [aggravating] it. Now he has prioritised the Commonwealth Games,” the report quoted an unnamed Wrestling Federation of India official stating it.
After Sushil made his long-awaited return to the mat, controversy soon ensued as he won the senior Nationals by three walkovers. Kumar is also being interrogated for his role in the scandalous brawl, which took place between his own supporters, Rana and his brother.
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