New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed a plea by Olympic medal winner Sushil Kumar, seeking trials in the 74 kg free style wrestling to enable him win a berth in the Indian squad to the Rio Olympics.
Sushil Kumar won a bronze in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a silver in the 2012 London Olympics in the 66 kg division. But the category was abolished by the International Wrestling Federation in 2014.
This prompted him to move up to the 74 kg weight category, which brought him into competition with Narsingh Yadav, who was the top Indian wrestler in this class till then.
Sushil Kumar missed the qualification for Rio Olympics due to injury, and Narsingh Yadav secured the berth to represent the country.
After repeatedly requesting the Wrestling Federation of India to hold trials anew, Sushil Kumar moved the court.
The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) had already named Narsingh Yadav on 3 May in the list of wrestlers that are set to compete in the upcoming edition of the Olympics.
The organisation also accused Sushil of misusing public money during the training session in Georgia earlier this year.
"He has misappropriated and misused the public money. The govt didn't send him to Georgia to stay away from the Indian camp and train with Georgian wrestlers," a counsel appearing for WFI was quoted as saying in a recent report.