first_imgThe court, which asked the WFI to give a hearing to SushilThe court, which asked the WFI to give a hearing to Sushil on the issue, told the federations counsel, “This person has done many things in the past. You (WFI) do not discredit him. You call him, talk to him and then decide.””He should be a respected member of the federation. He has won medals. You explain everything to him and as a good sportsman, he will hear you. Keep his dignity and respect and try to sort it out,” the bench told WFIs counsel.The court also issued notices to the WFI and Ministry of Sports seeking their responses on Sushils plea and asked them to file affidavit by May 23. It asked Sushil to, thereafter, file counter to the affidavits within a day or two.Sushil was also present in the courtroom during the hearing.As the proceedings commenced, Sushils counsel told the court that there were two contenders for the one Olympic berth in the 74 kg freestyle category.”World wrestling championship was held in July 2015. I did not participate in world championship due to injury. Another athlete goes to world championship and won a medal and berth for Olympic,” he said.”The important aspect is that as per scheme of Government of India for the Olympics, funds were given for training of sportpersons who have the potential of bagging medal at the Olympics. The petitioner (Sushil) received funds even after Narsingh Yadav won the bronze medal in world championship. I have a reason to go for a shot for the Rio 2016,” he said.advertisementHis counsel further said, “Confusing signals were given to me. I did not have any response from WFI. If selection trial will be carried out, I do not want to miss that. The WFI has failed to follow the guidelines.”To this, the bench said, “See, you cannot undermine the other gentleman (Yadav). He has also won medal. You both are good.”However, Sushils counsel said, “I am only saying lets have a trial”.Countering his submissions, WFIs counsel said that till January 2014, Sushil had participated in 66 kg freestyle category and now he wants to participate in 74 kg category.He said that Yadav had won a bronze medal in the world championship which is “far more tougher than the Olympics”.”In a world wrestling championship, there are 40-50 wrestlers in one category. In Olympics, hardly 18 wrestlers compete in one category. A world championship has a very high standard as compared to Olympics,” the counsel said.WFIs counsel claimed that Sushil was “avoiding” wrestling with Yadav and the Olympic medallist had not participated in the world championship trial as Yadav was there. PTI ABA HMP PPS VMNlast_img

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