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Monday, 6 June 2016

Rio hopes over for Sushil as Delhi HC dismisses wrestler's plea seeking selection trial


Delhi High Court on Monday dismisses wrestler Sushil Kumar's plea seeking selection trial for 74 kg freestyle category at Rio Olympics 2016.The court, in its last Thursday hearing observed that it was not mandatory for the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) to hold a trial between the Haryana grappler and Narsingh Pancham Yadav of Maharashtra to decide who will represent India at the Rio
Games.Sushil, earlier won a bronze in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and silver in the 2012 London Olympics in the 66 kg division, a category which was abolished in 2014.The court said that though Sushil is a "legendary" wrestler, WFI's claim of Narsingh Pancham Yadav better than him in 74 kg category was not unreasonable.The judges also observed that Sushil has himself participated in previous Olympics without going through selection trials. The court issued notice to WFI Vice President Raj Singh asking him why perjury proceedings should not be initiated against him for giving false affidavit before it.It was also said that since the Olympics is scheduled in August, there is a high probability of wrestlers sustaining injuries if the selection trial happens now.Sushil, earlier won a bronze in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and silver in the 2012 London Olympics in the 66 kg division, a category which was abolished by the International Wrestling Federation in 2014, thereby prompting him to move up to the 74 kg category.The above move brought him into the clash with Narsingh, the top Indian wrestler in the category till then.It was Sushil's injury which made him to miss the Rio Games qualification event, giving Narsingh the berth to represent India.Although Sushil requested WFI to hold fresh trials between him and Narsingh, the latter didn't take the matter seriously, resulting the Haryana grappler moving into the court.The verdict can bring the curtains down on Sushil's golden career, although he still has the opportunity to challenge the ruling in the Supreme Court.

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