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Sushil Kumar's Olympic dreams over, Narsingh Yadav set for Rio

India Today logo India Today 06-06-2016

The Delhi High Court today has dismissed wrestler Sushil Kumar's plea for a trial against Narsingh Yadav to decide on a berth in the 74kg category at the Rio Olympic berth.

Earlier, Sushil had appealed to the court, seeking a trial to participate in the 74 kg weight category at the Rio Games in August.

FAIR SELECTION

While dismissing Sushil's plea, Justice Manmohan Singh said: "Though Sushil Kumar is a player with great record, the decision of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) cannot be held perverse."

The judge added that the WFI conducted a transparent process of selection and ruled out any interference from the Court.

"WFI conducted a transparent process of selection. Delhi HC will not interfere in the jurisdiction of the wrestling federation unless arbitrary or unreasonable behaviour is shown. Arguments that the trial was held months ago and hence not tenable, are unsound and not accepted," the court noted.

The High Court had previously refused to intervene in the Sushil-Narsingh selection battle and directed the WFI to consider Sushil's plea to be included in the national preparatory camp starting June 18.

But WFI after meeting Sushil and his coach, strongly hinted that it would prefer sending Narsingh for the Olympics ahead of the double medalist given the former's consistent performances over the last year.

SUSHIL'S GLORIES A MATTER OF PAST

Sushil had won both his Olympic medals in 66kg category but had to move up to 74kg after the International Wrestling body (FILA) rejigged the weight divisions post the London Games.

After jumping up the division, Sushil had fought in just a couple of international tournaments. In fact, what has gone against Sushil is that he had last fought in 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow, where he had won a gold medal. Since then he has not participated in any major event owing to injuries.

Before the World Championship last year, WFI had conducted trials but Sushil opted out of that as well as he sustained a shoulder injury at that time. He also did not take part in the inaugural Pro Wrestling League, once again citing injury, in December last year.

However, Sushil kept training in the last one year and also went to Georgia for a training stint in April, although he chose to train alone and not with the rest of his Indian colleagues.

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