Check out ace shooter Abhinav Bindra's quirky perspective on the ongoing Sushil Kumar-Narsingh Yadav row over selection in the 74 kg freestyle wrestling category for the Rio Olympics
Olympic medallist wrestler Sushil Kumar's Rio dreams effectively ended on Monday after he lost a legal battle in the Delhi High Court which dismissed his plea for selection trial in the 74 kg free style wrestling to enable him to win a berth in the Indian squad to the Olympic games.
Ace shooter Abhinav Bindra, who is India's goodwill ambassador for the Rio Olympics, took to Twitter to comment about the issue. And displayed his wit.
Sushil Kumar is a legend. He should go to Rio - to support Nar singh from the sidelines . Will only enhance his stature .— Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) June 6, 2016
Bindra, who is the first Indian to clinch an individual Olympic gold medal at the Beijing Games in 2008, posted, "Sushil Kumar is a legend. He should go to Rio - to support Narsingh from the sidelines . Will only enhance his stature."
Not only is the post full of droll wit, but insightful and offers a suggestion that if Sushil follows will truly make him one of the greatest wrestlers of India.
While dismissing Sushil's claim, the High Court observed that the trial may "jeopardise" the chances of selected candidate Narsingh Pancham Yadav and the country would be the "loser".
Justice Manmohan while acknowledging Sushil's feats in the international arena and termed him a "legendary wrestler" in 66 kg weight category but did not allow him to have a chance to compete for the Olympic berth in the 74 kg category.
Sushil Kumar won a bronze in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a silver in the 2012 London Olympics in the 66 kg division. But the category was abolished by the International Wrestling Federation in 2014.
Narsingh Yadav and Two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar
This prompted him to move up to the 74 kg weight category, which brought him into competition with Narsingh Yadav, who was the top Indian wrestler in this class till then.
Sushil Kumar missed the qualification for Rio Olympics due to injury, and Narsingh Yadav secured the berth to represent the country.
After repeatedly requesting the Wrestling Federation of India to hold trials anew, Sushil Kumar moved the court.