Justice Manmohan - "They are both bonafide wrestlers, they should not be used as pawns"

May 31 2016 10:58 AM
Justice Manmohan -

Delhi High Court on Monday remarked that two world class wrestlers who will represent India at the Rio Olympics should not be used as "pawns" in the politics of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI).

Justice Manmohan said, "They are both bonafide wrestlers. They should not be used as pawns. I don't think they understand what they are doing. All these are happening because of politics in the federation. This is shocking".

Wrestler Sushil Kumar plea in the court, as he asked for trials to be held for the 74kg category to enable him a chance to secure a berth in the Indian wrestling squad for the Rio Olympics.

During the hearing, senior advocate Nidhesh Gupta, appearing for Narsingh Yadav, contended that Yadav, 26, has secured a berth for the country by winning a medal in the World Wrestling Championship held last year, while Sushil Kumar has not participated in any event after July 2014.

As per the Gupta, the qualifying time for the Rio Olympics was between September 2015 and May 2016 and it was late for trials as the names of all the athletes who are going to participate in Rio have been sent on Monday.

The court would continue hearing arguments in the case on June 1.

Sushil Kumar, 32, missed the qualification for Rio Olympics due to injury, and Narsingh Yadav was able to secure the berth for representing the country.

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