It could be a contest of Titans. Two of the top female discus throwers in the world facing off for the biggest prize in the sport, A$20,000 (HK$155,350)in a winner-takes-all event; Australian world champion Dani Samuels against India's Krishna Poonia, gold medallist at the recent Commonwealth Games, in a grudge match proposed to be held at Sydney's Olympic Park Athletics Centre. 'It could be enormous,' Hayden Knowles, Samuels' manager, said. 'It could be like a boxing match.' The talk in sporting circles in India is that Samuels, Knowles and an Australian group issued the challenge to clear the air after Poonia insulted the Australian champ, who announced she wouldn't attend the Games in Delhi, saying she feared a terrorist attack and was worried about unsanitary conditions. Poonia, however, suggested Samuels was having a bad season and 'maybe this is the reason why she has chosen to stay away from Delhi'. Last week Australian media reported that January 22 would be the day of the contest, as part of the Pirtek Athletic All-Stars Meet, at the Sydney athletics stadium. The contest will carry 'the biggest cash prize for a discus event in the world', Hayden told The Sydney Morning Herald. 'The prestigious Diamond League offers A$10,000 prize money, well we've doubled that to give Poonia her shot at the champ.' Poonia says she is ready for the challenge, promising a thrilling contest to be watched by millions of fans in India and Australia. 'Right now I am focused on the Asian Games where I am targeting gold. Then I want to take some rest and spend a few weeks with my son. After the Games are over and after I have spent some time with my family I shall be ready to go anywhere to reply to this challenge from Samuels.' Her coach and husband, Virender Poonia, said the face-off could even be in India if Samuels was willing to travel. 'However, if Samuels is not willing to come over here, Krishna is ready to go to Sydney,' he said. While Samuels stayed away from the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, Poonia recorded a throw of 61.51 metres, becoming the first Indian athlete to win a track-and-field gold since Milkha Singh's victory in the 440 yards race in Cardiff in 1958. 'I dedicate this medal to all the Indians,' a jubilant Poonia said after her Commonwealth victory. 'With this I think we have wiped out everything bad that was reported in the media as happening in India surrounding the Games.' However, many in Australia believe Poonia's success can be put down to the absence of Samuels. 'It would most probably have been a much different tale in the women's final had world champion Samuels not decided to pull out of the Australian Games team,' wrote Australian Associated Press sports writer John Salvado. 'Samuels has recorded six throws over 63m this year, including a PB [personal best] of 65.84m in Sydney in February.' Samuels' coach Denis Knowles (who is Hayden's father) has also rubbished suggestions that Samuels skipped the Games because she was in poor form. 'Last year Dani was averaging 61.5 metres and this season her average has been 63.13m with a season best of 65.84m ... However, Poonia heated things up by basically bagging Dani to a billion Indians,' said Denis Knowles. 'I would do everything possible to make sure everyone can watch the contest across India,' said Knowles. 'We shall appoint an agent to secure Indian television coverage of the duel.' The duel, though, has evoked mixed reactions in India. Jay Kumar, a sports journalist wrote in The Times of India that the duel was 'akin to a boxing bout, [that] can at best be termed juvenile ... ' 'If such a duel actually takes place, it will set a poor precedent in the world sports fraternity ... By supporting the Samuels-Poonia duel, we are falling for a trap where anyone can challenge an established sportsperson. It's commercialisation - as well as personalisation - of sport of the worst kind.' But a The Times of India editorial said that such individual rivalry helped create icons and encouraged the next generation of sportsmen. 'We can already see this happening in Samuels' and Poonia's case. Needless to say, it's also great for women's discus,' the editorial said. 'So what if the contest is outside the ambit of official sporting sanction? It's the anticipation and drama of the event that matters ... ' Poonia said it was not the A$20,000 prize money that was the main attraction; rather it was the challenge of beating the world champion that she found most appealing. 'From many Australian-Indians I have received e-mails,' she said. 'They have urged me to accept this challenge and have promised to cheer for us. I shall enjoy taking part in this contest.'