Why two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar may not be part of India's Rio Games contingent!

Previous trends show that the federation sends the athlete who has won the quota to the Olympics. 

Last Updated: May 09, 2016, 16:01 PM IST
Why two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar may not be part of India's Rio Games contingent!

New Delhi: Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) is at the moment faced with an extremely tough decision with two wrestlers vying for one place in Indian team's wrestling contingent for the Rio Games.

The two men in question are Sushil Kumar and Narsingh Yadav. One a two-time Olympic medallist and the other considered the best Indian wrestler in the 74kg Freestyle category.

Sushil, who previously competed in the 66kg category, had to switch to the 74kg due to international wrestling federation's decision to merge weight categories in 2013.

However, Mumbai-based Narsingh has already secured India's 74kg quota with a bronze medal win at the World Championships in Las Vegas last year. 

Sushil did not participate in that event due to a shoulder injury.

At the moment, there is no clarity whether Narsingh will have to battle Sushil in the national trials to board the Rio plane.

However, previous trends show that the federation sends the athlete who has won the quota to the Olympics. 

If this past practice is followed, Sushil will miss out.

Another problem is that if trials are conducted in the 74kg category, other athletes will expect the same to be done in their respective categories. 

This could further lead to WFI being dragged to court as well.

It now remains to be seen what stand is adopted by the wrestling authorities especially since it involves dropping India's greatest wrestler from the Rio Games contingent.