Wrestler Sushil Kumar, India's two-time Olympic medallist, was arrested over his alleged involvement in the murder of a fellow wrestler in Delhi. He had been evading arrest for nearly 20 days, Delhi police said. He was arrested along with a co-accused from northwest Delhi's Mundka, police officials said. Police were on the lookout for Sushil Kumar for his alleged involvement in the death of a 23-year-old wrestler at a stadium in Delhi. According to police, Sushil Kumar and his associates assaulted fellow wrestler Sagar Rana, 23, and his two friends on May 4 at the national capital's Chhatrasal Stadium. All three had to be hospitalised. Rana later died of his injuries. The Delhi police had announced a reward of Rs 100,000 for information leading to the arrest of Sushil Kumar, who had since been on the run.
‘Flying Sikh’ Milkha tests Covid positive
Legendary athlete Milkha Singh has tested positive for Covid-19. He is currently in home isolation. His condition is stable. “I came home after jogging and suddenly tested positive, there were no signs at all. I am completely fit and fine, no worries at all,” the 1958 and 1962 Asian Games gold medallist said. “I had fever last evening, but now it has settled down. It’s just a matter of a few days and I will be back to normal routine soon,” he added. The 91-year-old is currently under constant observation at his home in Chandigarh. His wife Nirmal Kaur, a former India volleyball captain, said the nonagenarian was checked by PGIMER doctors and they have given requisite medicines. “I did not feel the requirement for vaccination earlier, but now I think I should get the jab and would urge everyone to take it as soon as possible,” Milkha said. Milkha urged people to stay indoors and help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Milkha’s son and golfing legend Jeev Milkha Singh is currently in Dubai and will return soon.
Indian women to play first pink test in OZ
The Indian women’s cricket team will compete in its maiden day-night Test from September 30 to October 3 when it tours Australia this year. The match will be played in Perth, which hasn’t hosted a day-night game as yet, Cricket Australia said after BCCI secretary Jay Shah made the announcement. “Taking forward our commitment towards women’s cricket, I am extremely pleased to announce that Team India @BCCIwomen will play in their first-ever pink ball day-night Test later this year in Australia,” Shah tweeted. The women’s team, which will play its first Test in seven years from June 16 in England, will also compete in another Test during the tour of Australia.
Shooting coach Monali, her father succumb to Covid-19
In a tragic turn of events, Indian shooting team’s assistant pistol coach Monali Gorhe, 41, and her father Manohar Gorhe passed away one after the other due to Covid-19 complications. “With great sorrow we inform that Ms Monali Gorhe, pistol coach of Core Group and an efficient technical official passed away due to black fungus,” National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) said in a statement. “It’s a tragedy that her father also died.” Monali’s father passed away first and within hours Monali also succumbed. She is survived by her mother and a married sister. The shooting activities in Nashik were kickstarted by the late sports psychologist Bhishmraj Bam in 1995. But the sport in the city got a real boost when Bam spotted Monali and took her under his wings some 7-8 years later. Monali, a national shooter herself, gave up her career and took to coaching in 2003.
Maradona's doctors face premeditated murder charge
Seven people under investigation over the November death of Argentine footballing legend Diego Maradona face charges of premeditated murder. The accused - which include Maradona’s neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luque, psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov and psychologist Carlos Diaz - face eight to 25 years in prison if they are found guilty. The indictment is based on findings by a board of experts into Maradona’s death from a heart attack last year, a source from the San Isidro Attorney General’s Office, which is leading the investigation, said. That report concluded that the footballing icon received inadequate medical care and was left to his fate for a “prolonged, agonizing period” before his death, which came just weeks after undergoing brain surgery on a blood clot. “After so many injustices, the case has come full circle,” the source said. The accused are prohibited from leaving the country and must appear ahead of an inquiry between May 31 and June 14.
Indian team cleared for Dubai Asian boxing meet
The likes of Asian Games gold medallist Amit Panghal and six-time world champion MC Marykom will compete in the Asian Boxing Championships in Dubai this month after the Indian contingent got the travel clearances. They will get the visas on arrival, Boxing Federation of India (BFI) said in a statement. The prevailing travel ban had created doubts over India’s participation. However, the BFI, the UAE government and Asian Boxing Confederation (ASBC) worked together to secure the team’s travel. All the players, coaches, and support staff are already in a bio-secure bubble, said the statement. The Indian team is expected to reach Dubai on May 22, and the players will be issued visas on arrival.