Delhi High Court asks WFI to hear Sushil’s plea

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Delhi High Court asks WFI to hear Sushil’s plea

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Amlan Majumdar

05/17/2016

Sushil Kumar’s plea to the Delhi High Court yesterday has been rebuffed, with the Court saying that they'll only intervene in the matter as a last resort. Sushil Kumar and Narsingh Yadav have been at loggerheads over who should represent India at the Rio Olympics in the 74-kg category of wrestling.

Two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar had moved to court yesterday in a bid to earn a trial against Narsingh, after the Wrestling Federation of India paid no heed to his pleas and went ahead with Narsingh as their candidate.

The Delhi High Court directed the WFI to give a hearing to two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar over the fiasco surrounding the trial for the 74kg freestyle category at the Rio Games on Tuesday, reported the Hindu.

Justice Manmohan led the bench hearing Sushil Kumar’s petition, pleading for a selection trial against Narsingh Pancham Yadav, who is part of the preparatory camp for the Rio Games.

The Delhi High Court also issued notices to the Sports Ministry and the WFI over Sushil’s petition, remarking wrestlers should not sit in court.

The High court also said there should be no compromise on India’s chances at the Olympics due to this controversy, reminding the WFI that the court should only be moved as a last resort.

Sushil Kumar has missed all events since the 2014 Commonwealth Games, while Narsingh Pancham Yadav earned the Olympic berth for India last year with a bronze finish at the World Championships in Las Vegas.

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