Sushil reveals he is still uncertain to participate in Rio Olympics
Sushil Kumar, India’s one of India’s best ever sportsmen with back-to-back Olympics medals looks uncertain over his participation in the Rio Olympics next year. The country’s best wrestler himself has revealed that he does not seem to be sure about participating in the 74-kilogram weight category. On Wednesday, Sushil said, “Before taking decision on my participation in the Rio Olympics I will have to understand whether I am completely free from injury and at the same time how I am performing in the training.”
The situation has all on a sudden taken a big twist after Narsingh Pancham Yadav has already qualified for the Rio in the same 74 category where Sushil will have to compete. The Wrestling Federation of India does not want to neglect the country’s best wrestler so far by not giving him an opportunity to earn qualification for Rio Olympics. Sushil had earned bronze in Bejing and then acquired silver in London Olympics in 66 kg weight category. But that weight category has already been banned the wrestling tournaments.
That is why the Wrestling Federation of India is reportedly planning to organize a trial match between Narsingh Pancham Yadav and Sushil Kumar just before the Rio Olympics to finalize the participant in the 74 kg weight category in the Rio Olympics.
Sushil’s coach Satpal Singh, however, demanded that there is doubt over his student’s participation in the Rio Olympics. Satpal is assuming that Sushil will have a chance to qualify for the Olympics by winning the selection trial match against Pancham Yadav. According to rule, there will be only one representation in one weight category in the Olympics.
Both Sushil and Yogeswar Dutt, country’s two leading wrestlers have just returned to training after a long lay-off from their respective injuries. According to Satpal, who trains both the wrestlers, both Sushil and Yogeswar are scheduled to take part in two invitational championships in Chicago and in Italy in November and in January, respectively. Although, Sushil asked about his participation in the invitation championships in November, uttered, “I have still doubt whether I will be to take part in the tournament in Chicago. It is true that I have resumed training, but I am yet to regain match fitness.”
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