Sushil Kumar’s plea for Olympic Spot dismissed by High Court

Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed the petition of wrestler Sushil Kumar who wanted Wrestling Federation of India to give him a fair chance at the Rio Olympics by holding selection trials. Justice Manmohan stated that even though Sushil Kumar is a “legendary” wrestler, WFI leaning towards Narsingh Pancham Yadav in 74 kg category cannot be termed as “unreasonable” or “perverse”. The court also observed that Sushil Kumar has himself participated in previous Olympics without going through selection trials before the sporting event. The court also said since the Olympics are scheduled in August, athletes must remain injury free until then. Sushil Kumar had asked for a selection trial in the 74kg category, based on the doctrines of National Sports Code which stated that there should be a fair trial for all athletes. The Wrestling Federation of India is in favour of Sushil Yadav, who had participated in 66 kg category earlier. WFI had said that Yadav had secured the prized spot for this category at Rio by winning a bronze medal in world wrestling championship held last year. Yadav’s legal team had also opposed Sushil’s plea and told the court that the athlete who gains the spot in this guarantee represents the country in the Olympics.