New Delhi: Narsingh Yadav might be staking his claim to represent India at the Olympics, having clinched a berth in men's 74-kg freestyle, but double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar said all he is asking for are trails to chose the best wrestler for the Rio Games.
Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) is yet to take a call on whether to hold the trials in men's 74-kg freestyle category between veteran Sushil and Narsingh. "All I am asking for are trails. I am not saying you send me to Rio because of my glorious past. I am only saying that whoever between me and Narsingh is better, should represent the country at Olympics. A quota belongs to the country and not to a particular individual; so when there are two good contenders, there must be a fair trial. There is a procedure that should be followed," Sushil told PTI. "Even the reigning world and Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs had to undergo trials to make it to the US team for the Rio Games. It happens everywhere."
With WFI yet to decide whether to hold the trails, a lot of speculations are doing the rounds. "The Sports Authority of India and government have spent a lot of money on my preparation and it is only just that I am given an opportunity to prove that I have utilised every bit of that," Sushil insisted.
Bronze medallist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and silver winner at London Games four year later, Sushil said his job was to prepare himself well for the Rio Games and not think about trails. "I would not have asked for the trials if I was not well prepared. I am asking for it because I am feeling extremely fit and my preparations are top class. I am confident of doing well if I go to Rio," said the 32-year-old. "I have been at three Olympics already and won two medals. My only aim is to win another medal for India."
Narsingh had secured the Olympic quota place for India last year at the World Championship in Las Vegas after winning a bronze medal in 74-kg. Since then, the Maharashtra grappler has been staking his claim for the berth. But former world champion Sushil pointed out that there had been trails in the past also whenever there were more than one able contender for a particular weight division. "Trails took place in the past. Before the 1992 and 1996 Olympics. It didn't take place last year because there was no competition; there wasn't anybody to challenge me at all. The situation is different this time," he added.
Sushil had also won the Olympic medal twice in men's 66-kg freestyle category, but since moving up the weight division to 74-kg, he participated only at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, where he finished with a gold medal. Currently training in Sonepat, Sushil said he had a fruitful stint in Georgia recently and is continuing to train at Sonepat. "I have been training very hard. I had a very satisfying stint in Georgia recently. Now I am back and continuing to train very hard at the camp in Sonepat," he concluded.
Updated Date: May 11, 2016 12:28 PM