Rio dream over? Delhi HC dismisses Sushil's plea for trial with Narsingh

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Though Sushil Kumar is a player with great record, the decision of Wrestling Federation cannot be held perverse, said Delhi HC.

Sushil Kumar had also appealed to the Sports Ministry, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and WFI to give him a chance for the Rio Games, as quota according to the rules belongs to the country and not to a particular wrestler. (Photo: AFP)

New Delhi: Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed wrestler Sushil Kumar's plea seeking trial with Narsingh Yadav to represent India at Rio Olympics.

Delhi HC said it will not interfere in the jurisdiction of the wrestling federation unless arbitrary or unreasonable behaviour is shown. Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) conducted a transparent process of selection, added Delhi HC.

Arguments that the trial was held months ago and hence not tenable, are unsound and not accepted, said Delhi HC.

Though Sushil Kumar is a player with great record, the decision of Wrestling Federation cannot be held perverse, added Delhi HC.

The High Court had earlier on May 17 refused to intervene in the matter and asked the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) to meet Sushil and sort out the issue.

Sushil had also appealed to the Sports Ministry, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and WFI to give him a chance for the Rio Games, as quota according to the rules belongs to the country and not to a particular wrestler.

Narsingh had staked his claim to represent India at the Olympics since last year when he secured a quota place at the World Championship in Las Vegas after winning a bronze in 74kg.

Sushil, who missed the event due to a shoulder injury, was demanding a trial.

Sushil can still challenge the ruling in the Supreme Court.

But it could, however, well signal the end of the road for perhaps the greatest Indian Olympian, who won two back-to-back medals.

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