Sushil Kumar-Narsingh Yadav selection bout for Olympic berth unlikely to happen

first_imgWill it be Narsingh Yadav or Sushil Kumar at the Rio Olympics? This seems to be the question everyone is asking after Yadav sealed a berth for the country in the 74kg weight category for the mega sporting spectacle following a bronze-medal finish at the World Wrestling Championships in Las Vegas last year.With the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) set to make the decision this month, speculation about a bout between Yadav and Sushil to decide who represents the country is doing the rounds. But if highly-placed sources in WFI are to be believed, there will be no separate trials for the double Olympic medallist.WFI not in favour of the boutIt has been learnt that a majority of the executive committee members are against the idea because it will spark a major controversy like the one in the lead-up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. “If Sushil is allowed to take the trials, the WFI will have to allow such trials for wrestlers in all weight categories. Otherwise, players can go to court,” sources told Mail Today.Another reason bothering them is that Sushil has not participated in any event, national or international, since the 2014 Commonwealth Games. “It will also be unfair on Narsingh. He was picked ahead of Sushil after the 2008 and 2012 Olympic medallist pulled out due to a shoulder injury. Narsingh is a talented grappler and one must give chances to youngsters,” a source said.Bout will be unfair on ‘young’ Narsingh  Narsingh is 26 years old while Sushil, who has been sidelined with injury for a while, is 32. Some officials felt it will be unfair on Narsingh if he loses to Sushil in just one bout.advertisement”Fitness cannot be judged in just one bout and even though he is our best bet and most experienced wrestler, Sushil has had a long injury lay-off. Going by history, India has never held such trials to choose a participant earlier,” a WFI official said. However, a final decision will be taken next week during an executive committee meeting.”Wrestling in India is so competitive now that we have to be impartial in our decision making,” he said.Members divided in their opinionsSome executive members, though just a handful, felt that Sushil should be given a chance to fight Narsingh. “His case should be treated separately because he stands out from the rest,” said an executive committee member. “There’s a meeting on May 9 for Olympics. It will be decided then. The final decision will be taken by President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.”After shifting from 66kg weight category to 74kg, the two-time Olympic medallist has been plagued by injuries.In 2014, he bagged a gold at the Commonwealth Games. But he has been missing from action ever since. Due to a shoulder injury, he mised the 2015 World Championship.last_img

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