(REOPENS DEL 47)

first_imgOn whether WFI is also under pressure, Brij Bhushan said, “No. If people are blaming WFI, I want to ask what we have done? We have only forwarded the names of those who have bagged quota places. If forwarding their names is an offence then yes, I have committed that offence.” He, however, conceded that finally if things dont get sorted out, WFI would accept the courts decision. “If things dont get sorted, ultimately whatever directive we get from the Court, we will accept it,” said Brij Bhushan. Sushil had moved the court as the last resort as before approaching the Delhi High Court, he had taken the matter to the doorsteps of Prime Ministers Office. Sushil had also appealed to the Sports Ministry, IOA, WFI and fans to give him a chance to undergo a trial for the Rio Games, as according to the rules, quota belongs to the country and not to a particular wrestler. Sushil had argued that the government has spent a substantial amount of money on his training and even the federation has been asking him to keep practising. Narsingh has been staking his claim to represent India at the Olympics since last year when he secured a quota place at the World Championship in Las Vegas after winning a bronze in 74kg. Sushil, who missed the event due to a shoulder injury, has been demanding a trial. Meanwhile, it is also learnt that Babita Kumari, who has qualified after Mongolian wrestler Sumiya Erdenechimeg failed the dope test in womens 53kg freestyle, has been pardoned for forfeiting her bout in a recent qualifying event and is now allowed to compete at the Rio Games. PTI CM KHS AHadvertisementlast_img