New Delhi: Two-time Olympic medallist and India’s face of the sport of wrestling, Sushil Kumar on Monday moved the Delhi High Court, demanding a trial for his inclusion in the list of probables to be sent to Rio de Janerio for the summer Olympics that starts on August 5.
Kumar had clinched a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and silver at London Games four year later in 2012. With records that has made the nation proud, Sushil said he ‘deserved’ a trial.
The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), however, had made it clear that it is not in favour of his demand for a selection trial.
“Whoever is better and stronger of us (Sushil and Narsingh Yadav) must be sent to Rio. I am ready for trials. Then only we can determine who is stronger. Our government and federation have spent money on me for the past two years so that I can do something for the country,” the 32-year-old said.
26-year-old wrestler Narsingh Yadav, in the 74-kg category, is most likely to be going in place of Sushil, who has been demanding a selection trial from the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) for a long time now. Sushil had earlier said that the better of the two should be sent to Rio.
The Sports Ministry has left the decision to the Wrestling Federation.
Sushil who grappled in the 66-kg category in Beijing and London, shifted to 74kg in 2014 and has demanded a selection for the Rio games since then.