India’s two-time Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar will be watching the Tokyo Games from inside the walls of jail in India where he is incarcerated on charges of kidnap and murder.
Kumar, 38, was arrested in May after a week-long manhunt over the murder of promising wrestler Sagar Dhankad at a stadium in the capital.
Kumar, who is the only Indian to win two individual Olympic medals, has pleaded innocent to the charges.
A television has been arranged in the common area of Tihar jail in New Delhi after a request by Kumar’s lawyer to prison authorities.
“We have allowed Sushil to watch television in the common area of his ward along with others,” Sandeep Goel, director general of Delhi prisons, told reporters.
“He had made a request through his lawyer for a TV to stay updated about wrestling matches and other happenings.”
Sushil won the freestyle wrestling silver at the 2012 London Games after bagging a bronze at the Beijing Olympics four years earlier. He has also won three Commonwealth Games golds and was awarded India’s highest honour for athletes in 2009.