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Sushil Kumar, please accept Narsingh Yadav as India's representative to Rio Olympics and help him!
The Delhi High Court has rejected champion wrestler Sushil Kumar's plea for a trial match against Narsingh Yadav for the ticket to Rio Olympics. It must be a painful verdict for the die-hard fans of Sushil Kumar, who feel that their favourite wrestler, who bagged two Olympic medals, should be given a chance at Rio also.

However, in my opinion the court should not have considered the plea by Sushil Kumar at the first place. Sushil, beyond any doubt, is pride of India. But that doesn't mean that he would be gifted Olympics chance at cost of the established procedures. 

Some people are arguing that Sushil Kumar was champion in 66 kg category whereas Narsingh Yadav's main category is 74 kg. As 66 kg category has been scraped, thus, Sushil should represent the country in the 74 kg category instead of Narsingh Yadav or at least there should be a trial match.

But I don't buy this argument. Even if there was a 66 kg category and somebody else had qualified for the Olympic in this category, I would never support Sushil Kumar as an automatic choice because he had won medals in the last Olympic games. With that logic Sachin Tendulkar, Virendra Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Zahir Khan and others should have played 2015 cricket World Cup because they were part of the 2011 World Cup and had performed well.

Sports is a field where champions retain their status up to a particular period. After that particular period, irrespective of the greatness of that particular sportsperson, he or she has to give way to younger generation because age starts taking toll on the competence of the sportsperson. 

In some cases if a champion sportsperson somehow loses a key match/qualification contest, just because of the fact that the day doesn't belong to him or he is not fully fit, then also the champion is considered as disqualified. One cannot demand this just because of the fact that he had a better track record and so he should get a second chance. Had Milkha Singh got a second chance in the 1960 Rome Olympics in 40 meters final race, he would have definitely won gold medal. But sports doesn't work in that way.

Sushil Kumar didn't participate in any competitive wrestling event for the last two years. It may be due to his injuries or his busy schedule with respect to Rio Olympics preparation. But then he should have taken part in qualifiers to win Olympic berth. He didn't do it. On the other hand Narsingh Yadav has won the Olympic berth on the basis of his performance. Now, on what basis he should be side-lined? 

Is Sushil Kumar, despite being a champion, having the right to get a chance ahead of one who qualified for the Rio by contesting as per the established procedures?

It doesn't matter whether Narsingh Yadav is capable of winning a medal for India or not. What matters is the fair and transparent means of selecting the candidates to represent India. No doubt, Narsingh Yadav is the genuine qualifier to represent India.

I am a big fan of Sushil Kumar. I wish he should start motivating Narsingh Yadav instead of appealing in the Supreme Court against the Delhi HC verdict. Narsingh Yadav must be in tremendous stress due to this controversy.

Also, Sushil Kumar must be gracious enough to accept the fact that Narsingh Yadav is representative of India to Rio Olympics and should extend a warm hand to him. Those who are true fans (not sycophants) of Sushil Kumar should motivate their hero that he should help Narsingh Yadav, so that he could give his best ever performance and bring Olympic medal for India.

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