Sushil Kumar, Yogeswar dutt launches `Push for Wrestling` campaign

Olympic medal winning wrestlers Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt on Thursday started a public awareness campaign, ‘Push for wrestling’, to retain the sport in the 2020 Games. In the presence of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh and Asian Games gold-winning wrestler Satpal, the two Olympic medallists literally pushed a truck to launch the campaign. The truck would travel across Punjab, Haryana and Delhi to gather public opinion in favour of the sport’s stay in the Olympics.  "We urge all the supporters of the game to come forward and support `Push for Wrestling` campaign and show the world how much we love the sport. The removal of the sport from the 2020 Olympics would ruin dreams of many wrestlers," Sushil said at the launch of the campaign by soft drink brand Mountain Dew.
On returning his medal in protest, Sushil said: "I am confident wrestling will be back in the Olympic fold. The next IOC meeting is very crucial. Tokyo is in fray to host the 2020 edition and if they win the bid, wrestling nation Japan is likely to push for the sport's inclusion. "So far, our seniors and coaches have not advised us to return the medals but we won't hold back from doing that if the need arises." Wrestling is fighting against squash, softball, baseball, karate, sport climbing, wakeboarding, wushu and rollersports for that one spot in 2020.

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