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first_imgBut once again, with Sushil having written to the Prime Minister, the WFI president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said the Federation is now awaiting the Government to give directions regarding holding trials in the contentious 74kg category. “Since Sushil has written to the Prime Ministers Office, the matter is not in WFIs hands. So we will wait for the Governments direction on how to go about the trial issue,” the WFI chief told PTI. “This is very sensitive matter and I cannot decide alone. As and when we get any instructions from the Government, we will decide. In any case, the WFI will refer the matter to the selection committee, which would include an Olympian, an Arjuna awardee, chief coach, general secretary among others. And then the matter would be decided by the committee. It is not right for me to speculate anything now. There is a procedure that has to be followed,” he added. Narsingh has been insisting that he is the best Indian wrestler in 74kg. “I am the best in 74kg category in India. Sushil had won Olympic medals in 66kg but in 74kg. I have come up with consistent performances, which includes defeating London Olympics medallists who have moves up from 66kg to 74kg. At the World Championship last year, I had bagged the quota after beating Cubas Livan Lopez, who was a bronze medallist at London Games in 66kg. Clearly, I have an advantage over those who have migrated from 66kg to 74kg,” Narsingh had said. While Sushil said: “All I am asking for is trails. Am not saying you send me to Rio because of my glorious past. Am only saying that whoever between me and Narsingh is better, should represent the country at Olympics. Since a quota belongs to the country and not to a particular individual, thus, when there are two good contenders, there must be a fair trial. “The Sports Authority of India and government have spent a lot of money on me and it is only just that I am given a chance to prove that I have utilised every bit of that money. I would not have asked for the trials if I was not well prepared. I am confident of winning another Olympic medal for India at Rio,” he added. PTI CM AH CMadvertisementlast_img read more