Delhi High Court dismisses wrestler Sushil Kumar's plea seeking trial with Narsingh Yadav


Delhi High Court dismisses wrestler Sushil Kumars plea seeking trial with Narsingh Yadav

New Delhi: Delhi High court on Monday dismissed wrestler Sushil Kumar's plea seeking trial with Narsingh Yadav according to ANI.

Highlights from the court's ruling:

Delhi HC will not interfere in the jurisdiction of the wrestling federation unless arbitrary or unreasonable behaviour is shown.

Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) conducted a transparent process of selection, says Delhi HC.

Arguments that the trial was held months ago and hence not tenable, are unsound and not accepted, says Delhi HC

Though Sushil Kumar is a player with great record, the decision of Wrestling Federation cannot be held perverse, says Delhi HC

Narsingh had secured the Olympic quota place for India last year at the World Championship in Las Vegas after winning a bronze medal.

Since then the Maharashtra grappler has been staking his claim for the berth and the WFI had also been steadfast in its stand to send Narsingh to Rio since he had grabbed the quota.

Going by norms in WFI guidelines, a quota belongs to the country and not to an individual wrestler, and former world champion Sushil pointed out that there should be a trial in 74kg category to decide who would go to Rio.

The 33-year-old, who had won a bronze medal in 2008 Beijing Olympics and followed it up with a silver in 2012 London Games, had moved the court seeking directions to WFI to hold selection trials.

Sushil had won both his Olympic medals in 66kg category but had to move up to 74kg after the International Wrestling body (FILA) rejigged the weight divisions post the London Games.

Sushil's climbing up to the 74kg weight category brought him in direct competition with Narsingh, who had represented India in this category in earlier Olympics.

After jumping up the division, Sushil had fought in just a couple of international tournaments. In fact, what has gone against Sushil is that he had last fought in 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow, where he had won a gold medal. Since then he has not participated in any major event owing to injuries.

Before the World Championship last year, WFI had conducted trials but Sushil opted out of that as well as he sustained a shoulder injury at that time.

He also did not take part in the inaugural Pro Wrestling League, once again citing injury, in December last year.

However, Sushil kept training in the last one year and also went to Georgia for a training stint in April, although he chose to train alone and not with the rest of his Indian colleagues.

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