New Delhi: Sushil Kumar's fight for an Olympic berth suffered another blow yesterday with the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) strongly hinting that they would prefer Narsingh Yadav for the Rio by insisting on not having a trial given the quota winner's "consistent performances".

"We have told him that 'you have put Indian wrestling at a pedestal and we cannot ignore your contribution and we all respect you'.

"But on the other hand, there is another wrestler who has brought the Olympic quota and also has been giving consistent performances. So, can we be unfair to him also?"

WFI president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh told reporters before adding: "I have never told Sushil or for that matter any other person that WFI will hold the trials. I did not want to hamper their training."