Sushil Kumar adamant on trial against Narsingh Yadav to determine Olympic berth

first_imgTwo-time Olympic medalist wrestler Sushil Kumar is going all out to ensure that the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) conducts a national trial to decide who between him and Narsingh Yadav gets a ticket to the Rio Games in the 74 kg freestyle division.While Narsingh has already bagged the quota place for India, Sushil, who represented India in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, is insisting on a final trial. The latter is adamant that the WFI chooses the “strongest and best” contender to represent India in Rio. (Also read: Sushil Kumar not dropped from Rio list, claims Wrestling  Federation of India) “Nobody wants such a tense and awkward situation before such a big event. I have worked so hard for this over the past two years. I am in great form right now. I just want a  trial. They are held all over the world in every sport. I should be given a chance too after putting in all this preparation and going on  exposure trips. Government has spent money on me. If they didn’t want to give me a chance, then why will they waste their money and my time too. Trial procedure should be followed,” Sushil told Aaj Tak after a training session at the SAI Centre in Sonepat on Thursday.History in the making?If Sushil’s suggestion is accepted, such a trial would be a first in India as the quota position has already been booked by Narsingh. The champion wrestler believes there is nothing wrong with it.”The reason why no trials were held earlier was because there was no challenger, no contender when were selected in the earlier Olympic Games. Had someone challenged us then, we too would have given trials. It seems very awkward that even after winning two medals at the Olympics, which nobody has done, I have to tell everyone and present my case. I am not saying I should go. What I am saying is that the strongest between me and Narsingh should go,” says Sushil.advertisementRunning against time! Sushil wants the trials to be organised within the next two weeks.”I want them to be held this month. Anyone can take a legal course if they want. I just want to say that a wrestler who has won two Olympic medals, was the first world champion from this country, should be given a chance to prove himself. A few people will of course feel bad with whatever decision is made,” he said.Sushil said he isn’t aware of any probable list submitted by his Federation to the Indian Olympic Association. Since the wrestling community is such a close-knit unit, the raging controversy has taken him by surprise.”I have always given a chance to my juniors. I let go of my berth in the Asian Games because I felt I wasn’t fit enough. This isn’t my first Olympics. I don’t participate in events if I am not fit. But now that I am fit, a trial should happen,” insisted Sushil.Yogeshwar steps into the ring Meanwhile, another Olympic medal winner wrestler and Sushil’s close friend, Yogeshwar Dutt, said the entire situation was a test for the Federation.”The Federation should decide whatever is right. Both Narsingh and Sushil are right in their own ways. Narsingh qualified and Sushil has created history for us, not once but twice. It’s a very difficult situation for our federation and its President Braj Bhushan Sharan Singh. The controversy is unmatched because trials have never been held before. Our (Federation)President has to take such an important decision and the time is so less. We also don’t know what will happen, we are confused too. I don’t know if trials will be held or not and if yes, then who all will give the trials. Any wrestler who qualifies naturally thinks that he will be going and going without giving any trial,” Yogeshwar told Aaj Tak.last_img read more

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