With less than three months left for the biggest sporting event on the planet to take-off, these should be the last concerns in front of any federation. However, there is not much choice in this complicated case of merit vs. justice.

In its latest list of Olympic probables, WFI omitted the name of two time Olympic medal winner Sushil Kumar and this started a series of controversial statements from the decorated wrestler who claims he should be given a chance to fight his way to Rio with a trial against Narsingh Yadav who has already been chosen in the said category after winning the bronze medal at the World Wrestling Championships (WWC), 2015.

Narsingh, on the other hand, opines that Sushil lost his chance when he was unable to compete in the tournament due to a shoulder injury. The 26 year old also suggested that Sushil is not a wrestler of 74 kg but 66 kg category and hence he should be left at peace so that he can practice and fetch medal for India.

On its part, WFI has clarified that it is not the final list and Sushil still stands a chance to compete in Rio. Trials have been held in the past and most likely will happen between these two as well.

The question here is that why do we have such conflicting rules regarding Olympic qualification? Does it even make sense to give quota place to a wrestler after a WWC victory and put him through test again? Is it justified to keep changing the probables list again and again, putting grapplers under unnecessary pressure?

Coming from a humble background, getting a ticket to Rio was a dream come true for young Narsingh. The Varanasi born lad was ecstatic about his participation, busy preparing himself to do justice to the expectations of his countrymen. Now that the news of trials has started surfacing, the wrestler is disappointed and feels cheated. He has expressed his respect for Sushil but says that going to Rio is his right because he won the quota at World Championships.

This chain of events proves that it is high time WFI realizes the need to work on loopholes like these so that such conflicts do not arise in future and the players get enough time to sharpen their skills and increase their chances of winning medals for India.

By: Ira Shukla

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