Sushil Kumar said he will take part in the next competition for Olympic qualification.© AFP
Two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar has opted out of the national selection trials, to be held on Tuesday. Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) assistant secretary Vinod Tomar said that Sushil informed the federation that he will not be participating in the trials as he is not feeling fully fit for it. The Indian wrestling squad – freestyle and Greco-Roman – for the Asian Olympic qualifiers and the Asian Wrestling Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan in April will be picked based on performance in the selection trials.
Commenting on the same, Sushil, who was re-elected as the president of the School Games Federation of India (SGFI) last week, told ANI that due to issues related to SGFI, he did not get enough time for training, and also, he is not the right mindset.
He also said that due to the SGFI problem, he wasn’t focusing on practice and that’s why he took the decision not to participate.
Sushil said that now, as the issues of SGFI have been sorted out, he will start training and will surely compete in any next competition for Olympic qualifications.
Tuesday’s trials will be held in three Olympic weight categories in freestyle — 74kg, 97kg, and 125kg.
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