Wrestler Sushil Kumar has moved the Delhi High Court seeking to hold trials for the 74kg class to secure a berth in the Indian wrestling squad for the upcoming Rio Olympics. The case would come up for hearing on Tuesday.
Sushil Kumar took bronze in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and then silver in London in 2012 in the 66kg division but this was abolished by the International Wrestling Federation (FILA) in 2014.
This prompted him to move up to the 74kg weight category which brought him into direct competition with Narsingh Yadav, who was the top Indian wrestler in this class till then. Sushil Kumar missed the qualification for Rio Olympics due to injury, and Narsingh Yadav was able to secure the quota for representing the country.
After repeatedly requesting the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) and being denied time and again, desperate Sushil moved the court for relief.
Meanwhile , With the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) not showing any interest in holding a trial between two-time Olympic medallist Sushil and Olympic quota place winner Narsingh Yadav , Sushil had recently reiterated his demand, on twitter, for a trial by tagging Mr. Modi and Union Sports Minister Sarbananada Sonowal.
Meanwhile, few days back in a letter to the Sports Minister, with copies marked to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the WFI, Sushil has requested for a trial. The WFI has called for a meeting soon to take a decision on this tricky and unlikely situation it has found it self in.
Sushil made an impassioned plea for his deserving a place in the team by his tweet “Forget about my two Olympics medals, World champion belt and many other medals for India. All I am asking is a fair trial and let the best man go,” tweeted Sushil, while launching ‘#justice4sushil’. Later in a video message too , Sushil also said, “I need your support and blessings so that I do well in the Rio Olympics. “I demand that my trial be held so that I can win another medal for the country in the Olympics.” Clearly the star wrestler is not keen to go out without a fight. It is a controversy the WFI could have avoided and for that matter did not anticipate coming their way before the mega event.