Wrestler Sushil Kumar can now fly free on SpiceJetAugust 21st, 2008 - 11:09 pm ICT by IANS
Mumbai, Aug 21 (IANS) Gurgaon-based low-cost carrier SpiceJet Ltd announced Thursday that freestyle wrestling champion Sushil Kumar, who won a bronze at the Beijing Olympics, can travel free on the airlines all his life.Sushil, who bagged the bronze in the 66 kg category, has been accorded with the ‘Flying for Life’ recognition after winning the bronze medal at the Olympics, a company release said Thursday.
SpiceJet Ltd chief commercial officer Samyukth Sridharan said: “We are delighted that Indians are making their mark in various disciplines in the ongoing Olympics.”
Sushil Kumar’s feat is also remarkable as he is the second Indian wrestler to win a medal after Kashabha Jadhav, who won it in the 1952 Helsinki Games.
“Sportsmen like Sushil Kumar and Abhinav Bindra (Olympics gold medal winner for air rifle shooting) have paved the path for more success to follow,” he added.
Bindra, who won a gold medal in the men’s 10m air rifle, was the first to be given the special honour of Flying for Life by SpiceJet.