New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed ace Indian wrestler Sushil Kumar’s plea for a selection trials for the Rio Olympics 2016 Games against compatriot Narsingh Yadav for 74kg category. This means curtains on the two-time Olympic medallist’s Rio dreams and a shot at glory for Yadav.
Sushil had earlier appealed to the Sports Ministry, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and WFI to give him a chance for the Rio Games.
The High Court had earlier refused to intervene in the matter and had directed the matter to the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI).
The WFI, however, chose Narsingh over Sushil given the former’s consistent performances over the past year.
Sushil had won a bronze in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a silver medal at the London Games in 2012 – both in the 66-kg category. Singh moved up the weight category after the International Wrestling body (FILA) had rejigged the weight divisions post the London Games.
Narsingh had been staking his claim to represent India at the Olympics since last year when he secured a quota place at the World Championship in Las Vegas after winning a bronze in 74kg. Sushil had missed the event due to a shoulder injury.
Sushil who grappled in the 66-kg category in Beijing and London, shifted to 74kg in 2014 and had demanded a selection for the Rio games since then.