After rumours that she was shot dead in Sonepat, Haryana Wednesday evening, national wrestling champion Nisha Dahiya has said she is alive and well. Earlier, reports claimed unknown assailants killed her and her brother at the Sushil Kumar Wrestling Academy. Her mother was also reported to be critically injured. The sportswoman has however come forward in a video to refute her death reports.
"I am in Gonda to play senior nationals. I am alright. It's fake news. I am fine," she said in a video that is reportedly issued by the Wrestling Federation of India. Olympic wrestler Sakshi Malik, who is a good friend of Dahiya, is also seen seated beside her in the video.
#WATCH | "I am in Gonda to play senior nationals. I am alright. It's a fake news (reports of her death). I am fine," says wrestler Nisha Dahiya in a video issued by Wrestling Federation of India.— ANI (@ANI) November 10, 2021
(Source: Wrestling Federation of India) pic.twitter.com/fF3d9hFqxG
Last Friday, on November 5, Dahiya won India a bronze in the 65 kg category at the Wrestling U-23 World Championships in Serbia, along with four other women wrestlers. Their performances got recognition from Prime Minister Narendra Modi who said their achievement would "contribute to wrestling becoming even more popular across India."
Congratulations to Shivani, Anju, Divya, Radhika and Nisha for winning medals at the Wrestling Championships in Belgrade. Their performance is special and will contribute to wrestling becoming even more popular across India. https://t.co/pI6aByu2ZB— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 10, 2021
Nisha Dahiya: What You Should Know About The Wrestler
As per her social media profile, Dahiya is a three-time national champion and had won medals - a silver and a bronze - at the Asian Championship for wrestling.
According to a report by Scroll, Dahiya tested positive for meldonium in 2016 not long after she won a bronze at the National Championship. The drug is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Dahiya suffered a major setback and reportedly distanced herself from the sport.
"My friends cut off from me and said bad things about me like don’t drink water with her or train with her," she was quoted saying. Wrestler Malik was named among the few people who came out in Dahiya's support.