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Wrestler Sushil Kumar gives National trials a miss, Tokyo Olympics qualification in jeopardy




Star Indian wrestler Sushil Kumar has decided that the trials for the National Selection, to be held in New Delhi on Tuesday, will be missed.

Rehearsals at Indira Gandhi Stadium will select an Indian team – freestyle and Greco-Roman – for the Asian Olympic qualifiers and the Asian Wrestling Championships to be held in April in Kazakhstan.

“This morning, they called me from the wrestling federation and asked about their participation in the rehearsals. I told them that I would not be able to participate because I was not in the right mood due to the permanent riots in SGFI in the past three or four months, ”Sushil Kumar was quoted as saying in a video interview.

Sushil Kumar added:

“The forgery committed on my behalf took a toll on my mental health and I did not focus 100 percent on my training. Now that I have started practicing again, any event or qualification for Tokyo that follows will see my participation. “

Sushil Kumar, who won bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and silver at the 2012 London Games, would have a tough fight with national champion Sandeep Singh Mann and Narsingh Yadava in the under-74kg category.

So far, four Indian wrestlers have already qualified for the Olympic Games in Tokyo – Bajrang Punia (65 kg), Deepak Punia (86 kg), Ravi Kumar Dahiya (57 kg) and Vinesh Phogat (53 kg).

Sushil Kumar is watching the world qualifiers for embroidery in Tokyo

Sushil Kumar, a two-time Olympic medalist, was last seen in action at the 2019 World Wrestling Championships. He lost the opening fight against Khadzhimurad Gadzhiyev in the 74kg category. The 37-year-old will now fight for Olympic spot at the World Olympic Qualifiers in Sofia, Bulgaria in May.

“It has always been my mantra not to compete in tournaments without proper training. When you stand for the country, you want to be fully capable and committed, ”added Sushil Kumar.

Last week, Sushil Kumar was re-elected president of the Association of School Games in India.

Posted March 16, 2021, 12:09 PM IST