The uncertainty over whether two-time Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar will feature at this summer's Rio Games has increased, with a Hindustan Times article claiming that the decorated wrestler's name is not on the list of probables sent to the Indian Olympic Association ( IOA ).
According to the report published Thursday, the IOA has received the probable list from the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) in which Sushil was not mentioned, further fueling speculation that Narsingh Yadav is the one who has got the nod for the 74kg freestyle category. The matter of which wrestler will represent India in that category has been brewing for several days, and the WFI has not publicly decided to hold trials for the men's 74kg.
Sushil, since shifting from 66kg to 74kg, has only participated at the 2014 Commonwealth Games where he won gold. On Wednesday, he had appealed to the WFI to hold trials to decide on who should represent India. His contention is that since trials have been held in the past to decide the best contender for a particular weight division, the same should be repeated now.
"All I am asking for is trails. I am not saying that you send me to Rio because of my glorious past. I am only saying that whoever between me and Narsingh is better, should represent the country at Olympics. Since a quota belongs to the country and not to a particular individual, thus, when there are two good contenders, there must be a fair trial. There is a procedure that should be followed," said the 32-year-old, who won bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and silver in London four years later, both in the 66kg category.