Delhi HC dismisses Sushil's plea seeking selection trial

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Sushil Kumar's plea seeking a selection trial for participation in the 74 kg freestyle category at the Rio Olympics was on Monday rejected by the Delhi High Court which found the Wrestling Federation of India’s decision fair and transparent.

The verdict could well signal the end of the road for Sushil Kumar, perhaps the greatest Indian Olympian, who won two back-to-back medals.   -  K. Murali Kumar

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Sushil Kumar's plea seeking selection trial in 74 kg freestyle category at the Rio Olympics was on Monday rejected by the Delhi High Court which found Wrestling Federation of India’s decision fair and transparent.

A Bench led by Justice Manmohan said that though Sushil Kumar is a legendary wrestler, the WFI cannot be held wrong for selecting Narsingh Yadav for Rio Olympics.

“Just because Kumar was sent to Georgia and Sonepat for training in 2016, it does not mean there should be a trial,” the Bench observed.

Sushil Kumar had vehemently argued that he was being trained by the WFI on tax-payers’ money, giving him an impression that he will get an opportunity to go to the Olympics. Sushil Kumar had claimed mala fide in the WFI's decision.

The court also said that there were high chances of injury if a selection trial is ordered now.

The Bench found Sushil Kumar's argument of mala fide unfounded and “unsupported by any contemporary argument.”

Sushil Kumar had sought a selection trial with Narsingh Yadav, who had secured a berth in the Olympics by winning in the world championship, in the 74kg category for a chance to participate in the Rio Olympics.