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CWG 2018: India's medal-winning wrestler questioned for providing unauthorised venue access to friend
A day after India finished their commendable campaign at the CWG 2018 where the nation finished third with a total of 66 medals, news whispered out that an Indian wrestler, who had clinched a medal at the games, was interrogated by the Australian police for allegedly providing unauthorised access to his friend to enter the competition venue on his accreditation.

  

New Delhi: A day after India finished their commendable campaign at the Commonwealth Games 2018 at Gold Coast in Australia where the nation finished third with a total of 66 medals, news whispered out that an Indian wrestler, who had clinched a medal at the games, was interrogated by the Australian police for allegedly providing unauthorised access to his friend to enter the competition venue on his accreditation. The wrestler, who had competed for the medal haul on Saturday, has now received a strict warning from the CWG Organisers for his indiscretion

Times of India tried to verify the facts from Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the members of the contingent who are currently at Gold Coast and even the officials of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), but were left in vain. Nevertheless, another WFI source confirmed the news. TOI reports say that, both the wrestler and his friend had to face a lengthy interrogation process where it was revealed that the friend was wearing the wrestler's ID card to gain access inside the arena before he was stopped by Police for identity proof. The issue was soon dealt by the IOA officials present there

TOI also learned that India’s chef-de-mission Vikram Sisodia was informed by the CWG organisers about the matter and as per sources, he even had a word with the wrestler about the same.

The 21st edition of CWG concluded on a brilliant note for India as it was the nation's second-best finish as per medals tally, with 66 honours in all. The numbers puts them at the third position, behind Australia and England. Earlier, with 101 medals overall, India had finished second on the medals table when the nation had hosted the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. Breaking down India's medal conquest at the CWG 2018, India bagged 26 gold, 20 silver and 20 bronze and finished behind Australia and England.

Wrestling was among India's hope at Gold Coast and they faired out well. India's 12-member wrestling squad had bagged a medal each at the games.
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