Delhi HC dismisses Sushil Kumar’s plea seeking selection trial for Rio Olympics


Two-time Olympic gold medalist Sushil Kumar’s plea seeking selection trial in 74 kg freestyle category at Rio Olympics was on Monday rejected by the Delhi High Court which found Wrestling Federation of India’s (WFI’s) decision fair and transparent.

A Bench led by Justice Manmohan said though Sushil Kumar is a legendary wrestler, the WFI cannot be held wrong for selecting Narsingh yadav for Rio Olympics.

“Just because Kumar was sent to Georgia and Sonepat for training in 2016, it does not mean there should be a trial,” the Bench observed. Sushil Kumar had vehemently argued that he was being trained by the WFI on tax-payers’ money, giving him an impression that he will get an opportunity to go to the Olympics. Sushil Kumar had claimed mala fide in the WFI’s decision.

The court also said that there were high chances of injury if a selection trial is ordered now.

The Bench found Sushil Kumar’s argument of mala fide was unfounded and “unsupported by any contemporary argument.”

Sushil Kumar had sought selection trial with Mr. Narsingh in the 74 kg category for a position in the Rio Olympics. He could not take part in the trial before due to an injury. Narsingh Yadav had secured a berth in the Olympics by winning in the world championship.

Meanwhile, Abhinav Bindra has tweeted on the issue saying Sushil Kumar should got to Rio Olympics and support Narsingh Yadav from the sidelines.

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