Trials in the Sushil Kumar 74 kg category will not be postponed: WFI

NEW DELHI: The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) will continue testing in the 74 kg freestyle men's category despite a request to postpone the injured Sushil Kumar.

However, the famous fighter may have the opportunity to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics in March.

Sushil, who has been struggling to revive his career, withdrew from Friday's trials for a hand injury and requested that the trials in his category be postponed.

The winners in the tests will make the Indian team participate in the first tournament of the Classification Series of the 2020 season in Rome (January 15-18), Asian Championship in New Delhi (February 18-23) and Asian Olympic Qualifier in Xian, China, March 27-29. .

WFI President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh He said the trails will take place in all categories: five Olympic classes in men's freestyle and six in Greco-Roman.

Definitely, the tests will not be postponed. We will have fighters competing in the 74 kg. What can we do if Sushil is injured, Sharan told PTI.

We will see the winner's performance in the 74 kg event in the qualification series. Then we will decide what next step we can take, Sharan said when asked if Sushil can have the opportunity to compete in the Asian Qualifiers.

India had secured Olympic quotas in three freestyle categories for men through Ravi Dahiya (57 kg), Bajrang (65 kg) and Deepak Punia (86 kg) while Vinesh Phogat (53 kg) was the lonely fighter to get a share of the Tokyo Games at the World Championship in Nur Sultan.

While Ravi, Deepak and Vinesh have been asked to compete on the trails, the competition in their categories will be held only for the events of Rome and New Delhi.

If the WFI feels that we don't have a strong candidate for the Asian Qualifier (for the Tokyo Games) in March, the federation can ask Sushil to appear at a trial, said WFI assistant secretary Vinod Tomar.

Sushil has been struggling to revive his career and was vigorously training with his Russian coach Kamal Malikov.

I will be fit within two weeks. Do not worry, I will return. He had suffered this hand injury after the World Cup while training. The WFI knew it. It's okay if they are going to go ahead with the tests, Sushil told PTI.

Women's trials will take place in Lucknow on Saturday.