Ramesh Kumar returns home to a hero's welcome

Ramesh Kumar returns home to a hero`s welcome New Delhi: World Wrestling Championship bronze-medallist Ramesh Kumar returned home to a tumultuous welcome in the wee hours at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here today.

The Haryana grappler was received by officials and garlanded amid hundreds of people who had gathered at the IGI airport.

"This is a great day for Indian wrestling. I'm happy my hard work has paid off and I am sure the future of Indian wrestling will be brighter in the coming days," Ramesh said.

Ramesh defeated Alexandr Burca of Moldova in 74kg category to become the first Indian in 42 years to clinch a freestyle medal in world championship at Herning, Denmark.

Vishambhar Singh was the last Indian wrestler who bagged a freestyle silver medal in the 1967 World Championship.

Bureau Report