Delhi: In a big decision, 2012 London Olympics silver medallist Sushil Kumar did not make it to the first list of Rio Olympics wrestling aspirants. This makes 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Narsingh Yadav the front runner for the 74-kg category.
32-year-old Sushil Kumar won bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and silver in London four years later, both in the 66kg category. As per sources, Sushil Kumar’s name is not mentioned in the probable list that have been received the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) from the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI).
The WFI has on other hand mentioned the name of Narsingh Yadav for Olympics in the furiously contested 74-kg category. As a reaction to this decision taken by WFI Sushil Kumar said," Whoever is better and stronger of us (Sushil and Narsingh Yadav) must be sent for Rio. He even added, “I am not unhappy, my job is just to work hard & give good results." Sushil had appealed to the WFI to hold trails before taking any decision on who should represent India.
He said, “All I am asking for is trails. I am not saying that you send me to Rio because of my glorious past. I am only saying that whoever between me and Narsingh is better, should represent the country at Olympics. Since a quota belongs to the country and not to a particular individual, thus, when there are two good contenders, there must be a fair trial. There is a procedure that should be followed.”