Jitender Kumar won national trials and put India’s most decorated wrestler’s Olympic dream on thin ice. But there was still some hope that if Jitender doesn’t perform well in Rome ranking series and Asian Wrestling Championship then trials will be held again.
But today Jitender won Silver medal in Asian Wrestling Championship and confirmed his place for qualifiers. Then WFI ruled out any further trial in a statement. During Rio Olympic Sushil was in controversy and was demanding trials with Narsingh Yadav. But this year WFI clearly don’t want any ugly scene.
Both the wrestlers had met in the trials ahead of the Nur-Sultan World Championships last year where Jitender had lost a bitterly fought battle. Sushil would not have to meet such a fate had he won a medal at the World Championship but an early exit in the tournament brought Jitender back into the fray.
Sushil had requested the WFI to postpone the trials for his category. The national body declined to make an exception. Rest as they say is history. Jitender has made for his Rome Ranking series disappointment with the Asian Championships excellence.