Sushil’s tussle for Rio: WFI says another name already sent

  • HT Correspondent
  • Updated: Jun 03, 2016 10:13 IST

NEW DELHI: The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) on Thursday told the Delhi High Court that grappler Narsingh Pancham Yadav’s name has already been sent to the United World Wrestling, which oversees the sport at the Olympics, on May 3 as India’s representative at the Rio Games.

The federation’s counsel said that it cannot do “injustice” to Narsingh who earned the qualification berth for the country. “Once Narsingh’s name is sent all speculations end,” the counsel said.

The court, which was hearing Sushil’s petition for a direction to the WFI to hold selection trials with Narsingh Yadav to decide the entry in the 74-kg freestyle category for the Rio Games, said it will pass it order on Monday.

WFI further said when Sushil was sent to Georgia along with other Indian wrestlers earlier this year he left the Indian camp and instead joined the Georgian national team to train with them.

“He has misappropriated and misused the public money. The government didn’t send him to Georgia to stay away from the Indian camp and train with Georgian wrestlers,” the WFI counsel said.

During the hearing, Justice Manmohan took note of the Centre’s stand that trials were not mandatory as per the National Sports Code for WFI for selection of grapplers.

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