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Olympic medallist Kumar arrested over fellow wrestler's death

Sushil Kumar, the two-time Olympic medallist, was arrested on Sunday in connection with the murder of a fellow Indian wrestler, Delhi police said.

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FILE PHOTO: Wrestling - 2018 Asian Games – Men's Freestyle 74 kg Qualifications - JCC – Assembly Hall - Jakarta, Indonesia – August 19, 2018 – Sushil Kumar of India in action with Adam Batirov of Bahrain. REUTERS/Issei Kato/Fi
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Two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar was arrested on Sunday in connection with the murder of a fellow Indian wrestler, Delhi police said.

Indian wrestling under spotlight

Both Kumar and a second man detained over the same offence later appeared in court, a Delhi Police spokesman added, without giving details of potential charges. Kumar denied any wrongdoing in a plea for anticipatory bail he sent to a Delhi court last week, which was dismissed. Delhi Police issued a look-out notice for Kumar after a 4 May brawl outside Delhi's Chhatrasal Stadium.

Three people were admitted to hospital after the incident and one of them, a former junior national champion, eventually succumbed to his injuries.

Kumar is seen as the face of Indian wrestling even at the age of 37. He won a silver medal in the 2012 Olympics and a bronze in the 2008 Games.

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