New Delhi, May 17: Delhi High Court on Tuesday (May 17) directed Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) to give a hearing to Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar, who has sought a selection trial to decide who will represent India in the men's 74 kg freestyle category at Rio Games.
"This court directs that in the meantime, the petitioner (Sushil) shall be given a hearing by the President, Vice President, Secretary and coach of respondent number 4 (WFI)," Justice Manmohan said.
The court also sought the response of the Sports Ministry and WFI and asked them to filed their affidavits. The court has now fixed the matter for further hearing on May 27.
The court's direction came while hearing a petition filed by Sushil, who was present in the court room, seeking a direction to WFI to conduct a selection trial for selecting the wrestler who will represent the country in 74 kg freestyle category.[Sushil Kumar-Narsingh Yadav spar over ticket to Rio Olympics: What Twitterati fee]
The counsel appearing for Sushil told the court that the Olympic medallist was injured when a Wrestling Championship was held last year where another athlete Narsingh Pancham Yadav had won a medal.
He said that as Yadav had won the medal in Wrestling Championship, the Olympic berth was given to him in the category. He said that as per the scheme of government of India for promoting wrestlers to win medals at the Olympics, Sushil has been getting funds for his training. [Wrestler Sushil Kumar moves HC to secure Rio Olympics berth]
"The petitioner (Sushil) has received the funds even after Narsingh Yadav had won a bronze medal in the Championship. "I have a reason to go for a shot for Rio Olympics 2016. Confusing signals have been given to me and there has been no response from WFI. If the selection trial is carried out, I don't want to miss that. The WFI has failed to follow the guidelines," his counsel said.
Countering his submissions, the counsel appearing for WFI told the court that Sushil had been participating in 66 kg freestyle category and now at the fag end he wants to participate in 74 kg category.
"Narsingh Yadav has participated in 74 kg category and has won a bronze medal in the World Wrestling Championship which is far more tough than the Olympics," the counsel said.