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WFI excludes Sushil's coach from camp
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, November 27, 2012
First Published: 23:34 IST(27/11/2012)
Last Updated: 23:40 IST(27/11/2012)

London Games silver medallist Sushil Kumar, may have to grapple with the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) to include his 'personal' coach Yashvir Singh in the national camp.

Five coaches, including chief coach Vinod Kumar, have been picked to hone the skills of the 35 freestyle grapplers in the ongoing national camp at Sonepat, but Yashvir doesn't fit into the WFI's scheme of things.

Sushil, who has taken leave from the camp, said he would discuss the issue with the WFI. "I am planning to speak to the federation soon," he told HT.

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Yashvir, winner of the Dronacharya Award this year, was reluctant to comment on the issue. He was also uncertain of continuing the fruitful partnership with his ward as the Delhi Education Department, where he is employed, has given him the responsibility of developing a wrestling centre in Bawana.

"I haven't got a response from the WFI on joining the camp," said Yashvir, who was earlier posted at the Chhatrasal Stadium.

When contacted, Raj Singh, secretary general of the WFI, said, "His (Yashvir's) department has refused him permission to join the camp. Hence, his name hasn't been included."

Without Yashvir, things could get difficult for Sushil.

The successful partnership, which has reaped a rich harvest, almost came to an end in London.

Yashvir wasn't allowed to accompany Sushil when he stepped on the mat during the Games. Instead, it was Raj Singh who was by Sushil's side.


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