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Posted at: May 26, 2018, 2:02 AM; last updated: May 26, 2018, 2:02 AM (IST)

Sushil, Sakshi allowed to skip Asiad trials

New Delhi, May 25

Olympics medallists Sushil Kumar and Sakshi Malik, along with two others, are all set to compete in the upcoming Asian Games after being exempted from the trials scheduled next month. A Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) official confirmed that the federation has decided to let Sushil, Sakshi, Vinesh Phogat and Bajrang Punia prepare on their own and skip the trials after receiving requests to this effect from these wrestlers.

The official said the federation was of the view that these wrestlers had proved their credentials time and again and this decision had been taken considering the fact that they face no competition from others in their weight categories. “WFI has taken a decision in principle to let these wrestlers prepare on their own and not disturb them. On their requests, we have decided to let them skip the trials as they are the best bets in their weight categories and hardly face any competition,” said the official.

Although a formal decision is yet to be taken, the WFI official said it was more or less certain. “We have taken this decision in consultation with our coaches, who feel trials will put extra pressure on these wrestlers,” the official said.

WFI will hold men’s trials – freestyle and Greco-Roman – on June 10 at Sonepat, where a training camp for both the categories is going on. Similarly, the training camp for women wrestlers is being held in Lucknow, and the trials are expected to be held there on June 17.

WFI’s decision to exempt the select wrestlers from the trials could spell trouble, for the Delhi High Court in 2014 had ordered sports federations to conduct trials before any major tournaments. Interestingly, Sushil himself had taken WFI to the court after the federation had decided not to hold a trial for the 74kg freestyle category in the run-up to the 2016 Olympics. — PTI

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