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Narsingh questions Sushil's appointment as national observer

Suspended wrestler Narsingh Yadav has objected to Sushil Kumar's appointment as a national observer, raising conflict of interest allegations in a letter to the Sports Ministry.

Narsingh, last week shot off a letter to the Sports Ministry, raising question on how Sushil could become a national observer, when he is involved with the grooming of wrestlers at the Chhatrasal Stadium's akhada which is run by his father-in-law Satpal.

"Narsingh has written a letter to the Sports Ministry, raising objection on Sushil being a national observer.

According to Narsingh, Sushil would favour his students from Chhatrasal as a national observer," a top Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) official in know of things said.

"Narsingh has claimed that being a national observer while training kids in his akhada is conflict of interest."

Sushil, India's one double Olympic medallist, is among 14 Olympians appointed by the Sports Minister as national observers for their respective disciplines earlier this year.

Narsingh also questioned how Sushil has been appointed observer despite allegations of sabotage levelled against him before Rio Olympics. Narsingh has been suspended on charges doping for four years.

"Narsingh has also apparently written about his doubts over Sushil's alleged sabotage attempt in spiking Narsingh's food and drinks before the Olympics and the resultant four- year suspension on him from wrestling," the official claimed. When Sushil asked about Narsingh's letter, the 34-year- old said: "That is up to him to write to anyone he feels like, raising whatever objection. I have no hard feelings for anyone or about anything.

"Moreover I do not understand how it is conflict of interest. I am just a national observer, whose job is to monitor the sport of wrestling and giving feedbacks to build a good squad for future Olympics," Sushil said.
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