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Sushil Kumar may move court against Wrestling Federation, demanding Olympics trial

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 13 May 2016, 8:45 IST

Double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar will move the Delhi high court against the Wrestling Federation of India which has left him off the list of probables for the Rio Olympics this August.

However, the wrestler hopes the matter is resolved before it gets to that stage, said a source.

Kumar wants to participate in trials for the 74kg weight category. However, Narsingh Pancham Yadav was selected in this division after his bronze finish at the 2015 Worlds in Las Vegas, according to the Hindustan Times.

Kumar said: "It would be unfair on me if they don't hold trials. They should have told me beforehand, I wouldn't have trained. The government has spent money on my training. I am not demanding they send me, all I want is a trial."

Wrestling Federation of India chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said about Narsingh. "We have followed the tradition of sending the wrestler who wins the quota to the Olympics and we are not keen to change it. We don't want to set a precedent."

Brij Bhushan added that Kumar had only just made a formal request for a trial the previous evening. "Now that the request is here, the selection committee will decide on its merit." The selection committee includes Brij Bhushan and WFI secretary general VN Parsood.

Sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal said: "It is the federation's criteria that has to be followed. We can't interfere. They are an autonomous body."

First published: 13 May 2016, 8:45 IST
 
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