Wrestler Narsingh Pancham Yadav is a better bet than Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar in the 74 kg freestyle category at the Rio Olympic 2016, the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) on Friday told the Delhi High Court. The high court bench of Justice Manmohan was further told by the WFI that two-time Olympic medallist Sushil had consistently avoided selection trials for the last two years so as not to face competition with Narsingh Yadav. Yadav has been training for the last eight months for the 74kg class.

Wrestling Federation of India (WFI)  said, “Yadav has been found to be the best wrestler to represent India in the upcoming Olympic Games. The selection has been made in a completely fair and transparent manner and without political interference, Narsingh Yadav, 26, has defeated six wrestlers out of 18 participating in Rio Olympics, counsel told the court, adding that the WFI had always sent the sportsperson who secure a berth. “Earlier Sushil Kumar had won the quota and he was sent. Now Narsingh Yadav has secured the quota (berth), so he will be sent.”

Sushil Kumar, a two-time Olympics medallist in amateur wrestling, had moved the Delhi High Court seeking a trial between Narsingh and him to decide who was the better man to represent the Olympics this year. However, on Friday, the judicial body couldn’t give a firm verdict and the hearing of the case will resume on May 30.

It said that Yadav, who was present in courtroom during the hearing, was clearly a better candidate in 74 kg freestyle category as he has been “dominantly” playing in this weight category since 2006 while Sushil had contested in 66 kg category till January 2014. After Sushil Kumar name did not figure in India’s Rio preparatory camp, Sushil Kumar had moved the High Court with a appeal to direct the WFI to conduct a selection trial to decide who will represent India in the men’s 74kg freestyle category at the Rio Games.

The Wrestling Federation of India told the Delhi High Court on Friday that Narsingh Yadav is a better candidate for the Rio Games.

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