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NEW DELHI: Two-time Olympic medallist wrestler Sushil Kumar has determined to skip the selection trials for the Asian Championships and the Asian leg of the Tokyo Olympic qualifiers, that are scheduled to be held on the Ok D Jadhav indoor wrestling corridor on Tuesday.
In the absence of Sushil, all eyes within the extremely-aggressive freestyle 74kg class can be on comeback-man Narsingh Yadav, Jitendra Kumar, Gourav Baliyan and reigning nationwide champion Sandeep Singh Mann.
Sushil confirmed on Monday that he can be opting out of the trials due to the essential coaching time misplaced in clearing the mess within the School Games Federation of India (SGFI), which he’s heading as a president.
The London Olympics silver medallist was unanimously elected the SGFI’s chief final week for his second time period after the sports ministry advised the college physique to maintain contemporary elections by declaring the sooner electoral course of carried out in February “null and void”.
“I got a call from the wrestling federation this morning enquiring about my participation in trials. I told them that I won’t be able to participate because I wasn’t in the right frame of mind due to the ongoing mess in the SGFI for the past three-four months. The forgery committed in my name took a toll on my mental health and I wasn’t focusing 100 percent on my training. Now that I have started practising again, any event or Tokyo qualifier coming up next will see my participation. It has always been my mantra that I don’t compete in tournaments without proper training. When you are performing for the country, you want to be fully fit and committed,” Sushil mentioned in a video message launched to the media.
Sushil confirmed that he received’t be retiring from the wrestling scene anytime quickly and can proceed taking part in occasions developing subsequent. The Olympic qualifier will happen in Almaty, Kazakhstan from April 9 to 11 adopted by the Asian Championships from April 13 to 18 on the identical venue.
The remaining occasion (World Olympic qualifier) is scheduled in Sofia, Bulgaria from May 6 to 9 and Sushil knowledgeable that he’s wanting ahead to the meet. But, in case if somebody manages to win a quota place within the 74kg class on the Almaty Olympic qualifier, then Sushil’s possibilities to compete on the Tokyo Games would stand all however over.
The trials on Tuesday can be held in three Olympic weight classes in freestyle — 74kg, 97kg and 125kg and all six weights within the Greco-Roman – 60kg, 67kg, 77kg, 87kg, 97kg and 130kg.

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