WFI denies dropping Sushil Kumar from Rio 2016 Olympics list


New Delhi: Wrestling Federation of India denied on Thursday that they had sent a list of probable’s for the Rio Olympics to the Indian Olympic Association in which two times Olympic medallist was not mentioned.

This means, going by the rules, another wrestler Narsingh Yadav, who bagged an India quota in the same weight category (74kg), has been selected over Sushil.

Sushil, who previously competed in the 66kg category, had to switch to the 74kg due to international wrestling federation's decision to merge weight categories in 2013.

"This list of probables is not sent by WFI but by the United World Wrestling. After all the trials are over, the world body compiles the names of all those wrestlers who have secured Olympic berths for their country in various divisions at different qualifying tournaments and send it to their respective Olympic Federations," said WFI assistant secretary Vinod Tomar.

"No decision is yet being taken, WFI president is going to take the decision on whether and when to hold the trails. So question on whether Sushil is not going does not arise," said Tomar.

However, Mumbai-based Narsingh had already secured India's 74kg quota with a bronze medal win at the World Championships in Las Vegas last year.

Sushil had won a bronze medal at 2008 Beijing Olympics and silver at the London Games in men's 66kg freestyle.