The Olympic Bronze medal winner in 2008 Beijing and silver medal in London Olympics, Sushil Kumar is currently caught in the legal battle to be selected for Rio Olympics. Strange as are the ways of Indian Olympic Association, it does not believe in flexibility of rules even when it means top players who may get us medals.
It all started in September 2015 when India had to send a 74kg representative to World Championships in Las Vegas. And Narsingh Yadav who is no less a name thanks to Asian Games and Asian Championships bronze was sent as Sushil was nursing a shoulder injury. Narsingh won the bronze for India, and along with it a place for India in Rio Olympics in the 74 kg category.
Since then both the wrestlers were training for the big game under the impression that a trial would be held deciding who would go to Rio, until May when the federation has announced its decision to send only Narsingh to Olympics. Their reason was valid as he won India the berth, however it its bid to stick to rules and avoid any future players demanding a trial, the Federation has decided against giving a chance to Sushil, leaving the top wrestler in a lurch. Even the Delhi high court shot down the case leaving it to the sports body to make the final decision.
When the situation has come to this – when the sports authority has to decide between two champions, why cannot it enjoy the rare opportunity of having two world champion wrestlers represent India at Olympics – why does WFI have to stick to the dusted norms, and why cannot it rise up to the occasion in time.