3 top wrestlers don’t want trials
New Delhi: Three of the top wrestlers of the country have written to the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) to excuse them from the trials for the Asian Games. Two-time Olympics medallist Sushil Kumar (74kg), World Championships medallist Bajrang Punia (65kg) and two-time Commonwealth Games gold winner Vinesh Phogat (56kg) have all written to the federation in this regard.Strangely, this is a u-turn from Sushil, who had wanted WFI to hold trials before the Rio Olympics, and when refused, he took the federation to court.WFI has decided to hold the trials for men’s freestyle and Greco-Roman on May 10 in Sonepat, while the trials for women will be held in Lucknow on May 17. While the dates may change as WFI has not yet communicated with all its affiliates about the trials, the federation is mulling whether to allow the wrestlers to skip the trials.“Yes, all three have written letters to the federation requesting us to skip the trials. They think that their training will get affected if they were to take part in the trials,” a source close the development said.“We haven’t made up our minds yet. But one thing is sure that we will take all the performances, both past and present, in consideration before taking a definitive call in this regard,” he added.Sushil, who many thought may once again be challenged by his younger Railways counterparts Parveen Rana and Jitender Kumar for a spot in the Asiad squad, has got luck on his side this time. Rana is out for a few weeks as he is nursing a knee injury, while Jitender has been irregular in training.