Olympic qualifiers: WFI trials as scheduled, Sushil Kumar may get chance in March

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The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) will go ahead with the trials in the men’s freestyle 74kg category despite a postponement request from injured Sushil Kumar.

However, the celebrated grappler may get a chance to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics in March.

Sushil, who has been struggling to revive his career, has pulled out of Friday’s trials citing a hand injury and had requested trials in his category to be postponed.

WrestlignTV.in was the first to report that Sushil Kumar will not be able to participate in the trials to pick the Indian squad for the Olympic qualifier.

The winners in the trials will make the Indian team for 2020 season’s first Ranking Series tournament in Rome (January 15-18), Asian Championship in New Delhi (February 18-23) and Asian Olympic Qualifier in Xian, China from March 27 to 29.

WFI President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said the trials will be held in all categories – five Olympic classes for men’s freestyle and six in Greco-Roman.

“Definitely the trials will not be postponed. We will have wrestlers competing in the 74kg. What can we do if Sushil is injured,” said the WFI president.

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