Delhi HC to decide whether there ‘is’ or ‘is not’ statutory mandate for trial based selection of wrestler for Rio Olympic

Sushil Kumar

New Delhi: On the allegations levelled by the WFI- Wrestling Federation of India against the most- known wrestler- Sushil Kumar, in connection with the selection trials for the Rio Olympics, the Delhi High Court has indicated that it is likely to pass its verdict favouring WFI. The said indications were released on Thursday, on 2nd June and Court also observed that it did not find “any statutory mandate” for holding trials before the Olympics.

While so, earlier Sushil Kumar preferred plea to say that there must held trials for selecting who would represent the country in the 74 kilograms category at the coming Rio Games. Moreover, while there being an argument, the senior Advocate- Amit Sibal found submitted that for holding the trials, the Sports code is making mandatory provisions, and for creating the rules for selection, the WFI was obliged and also such rules was to provide for publishing the final procedure.

However, in the observation of the Bench of High Court, comprising of Justice- Manmohan, it was found that ‘there is no statutory mandate’ in this connection. Also, bench observed that the Union of India in its affidavit had clearly stated that they have given autonomy to the federations. Now, order will be pronounced by coming Monday.

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