WFI to meet Sushil tomorrow, Olympic hopes recede for Sushil

first_imgNew Delhi, May 17 (PTI) With the Delhi High Court today directing WFI to hold a meeting with Sushil Kumar, the decorated grapplers hopes of competing at the Olympics seems almost over as the Federation is not keen on conducting a trial in the contentious mens 74kg category. The Federation says it would set a wrong precedent and might “finish Indian wrestling”. Following the HC directive, the Wrestling Federation of India President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh decided to hold a meeting with the two-time Olympic medallist tomorrow, to sort out what has snowballed into a major controversy ahead of the mega-event in August. Having already won two individual medals at the last two Olympics, the 32-year-old is one of Indias biggest sporting icons but the WFI, notwithstanding, is keen on sending quota winner Narsingh Pancham Yadav to the upcoming Games. “I will be conducting a meeting tomorrow. Earlier, there was supposed to be a selection committee but now that the court has directed us to form a four-member committee, we will meet tomorrow and then put forward our opinion,” Brij Bhushan told PTI today. The Delhi High Court today said that a committee consisting of the President, Vice President, Secretary and the chief coach should meet Sushil at the earliest and since the federation was an autonomous body, it should try and resolve the matter amicably. The court has also sought the response of the Sports Ministry and WFI and asked them to file their affidavits before its next hearing on May 27. Making it clear that WFI would not like to conduct a trial, Brij Bhushan said this practice may harm Indian wrestling severely. “Till now, a wrestler believes that if he/she brings a quota, he/she will go to the Olympics. But the day it would become a norm that even if one athlete brings a quota but someone else may go to the Olympics, that day wrestling in India would be finished. No one would work hard to bring a quota as the wrestlers may not feel secure,” he insisted. The WFI president also said that this ongoing furore has put qualified wrestlers in other division under pressure too. “Because of this issue, our other qualified wrestlers are also under pressure and not just the ones in 74kg. Everyone is worried that if trial is conducted in one category, then others will also demand for trials. This is also not justified that we hold trial in just one weight division. So all the grapplers, who have qualified are disturbed and that is hampering their preparations,” said Brij Bhushan. PTI CM KHS ATadvertisementlast_img read more

Elite Eight Daily Wrap – Day One

first_imgBy Eden RichardsIt was a day of thrilling finishes in the Men’s Elite Eight on day one of the 2016 National Touch League. Two Queensland teams remain undefeated with the QLD Titans notching three wins from three starts and the QLD Cowboys securing two wins and a draw. The Alliance are yet to get off the mark and therefore sit last at the foot of the table on zero wins. They will need everything to go their way tomorrow if they are to mount an unlikely charge to the finals. In a sign of how close the Men’s Elite Eight is this year, just under half of the games played on day one were decided by one touchdown or less. The Women’s Elite Eight featured close contests all day and after 12 games one standout team has emerged.The Queensland Broncos went through three games unbeaten and look the side to beat for the title. The New South Wales Rebels, New South Wales Mets and Titans are all one game back on the standings but it appears there may be a gap in class between the chasers and last year’s champions. The New South Wales Country Mavericks sit on one win and will need to seriously improve on day two if they are to figure in the finals. It was a horrid day for the Scorpions and The Alliance as neither managed to chalk up a win. The Rebels’ six touchdown win over The Alliance was the biggest win of the day and they will need more of the same if they are to catch the Broncos. Day two will begin at 9am on Thursday. Related LinksElite Eight Day Onelast_img read more