- Star Indian wrestler Sushil Kumar was denied a request to postpone trials due to injury.
- However, Sushil Kumar replied saying that "I will be fit in two weeks' time."
In a disappointing turn of events, the Wrestling Federation India has rebuffed ace wrestler Sushil Kumar‘s request for postponement of Olympic trials for the seasons first series. The 2-time Olympian has been harbouring a dream of a stunning revival in his career.
However, an untimely hand injury might prevent him from appearing for the Olympic trials. If that happens, his Olympic dream might be anything but over.
Responding to the denied request made by Sushil, President of the Wrestling Federation India, Bhushan Singh said, “Definitely the trials will not be postponed. We will have wrestlers competing in the 74kg. What can we do if Sushil is injured.”
He also explained that the trials will be held in all categories, five Olympic classes in men’s freestyle and six in Greco-Roman style.
However, Sushil has revealed that he might just make it to the trials.
“I will be fit in two weeks’ time. Don’t worry, I will be back. I had sustained this hand injury after the Worlds while training. The WFI knew about it. It’s ok if they are going ahead with the trials,” he was quoted as saying by PTI.
Vinod Tomar, WFI’s Assistant Secretary, gave some hope.
“If the WFI feels that we do not have a strong candidate going for the Asian Qualifier (for Tokyo Games) in March, the federation may ask Sushil to appear in a trial,” he said.
India has already secured Olympic quotas in three men’s freestyle categories. Ravi Dahiya (57kg), Bajrang Punia (65kg) and Deepak Punia (86kg) secured the quotas in men’s freestyle categories. Vinesh Phogat was the only women wrestler to get a spot.
All 3 men wrestlers have been asked to compete in the trials. The women’s trials are scheduled to be held on Saturday in Lucknow.