Delhi HC dismisses Sushil Kumar plea for wrestling trials

Court verdict clears path for wrestler Narsingh Yadav to represent India at the Rio Olympics in August


A file photo of wrestler Sushil Kumar. Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint
A file photo of wrestler Sushil Kumar. Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint

New Delhi: Refusing to interfere in the selection process for the Rio Olympics, the Delhi high court on Monday dismissed a plea by wrestler Sushil Kumar seeking fresh trials for participation in the 74kg men’s freestyle wrestling event.

“The prayer seeking fresh trials is not legally tenable and, accordingly, it stands dismissed,” said justice Manmohan.

Holding that it would not interfere with the practices and policies of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), the court said the federation could exercise complete autonomy and flexibility in the process of selection.

This clears the path for wrestler Narsingh Yadav to represent India in the 74kg weight category at the Olympic Games to be held Rio de Janeiro in August.

The court also pointed out that holding a fresh trial would introduce a risk of injury for the wrestlers.

Yadav won a slot or quota for India in the category by virtue of his performance at the World Championship last year. Sushil Kumar did not participate in the event as he was recovering from an injury. WFI’s usual practice has been to select the wrestler who won the so-called quota to represent the country.

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