The recent ongoing debate over who amongst Sushil Kumar or Narsingh Yadav should go forward and represent India at Rio Olympics still stands without any conclusion in anybody’s favour. The article aims at analyzing the whole debate and probably concluding with the point that Sushil Kumar deserves at least one fair chance. Narsingh Yadav did secure a bronze at the WWC(World Wrestling Championship) held in Las Vegas in 2015 in the category of 74kg division freestyle wrestling.
Whereas Sushil Kumar due to his shoulder injury could not participate in the very same championship and therefore lost the chance of representing India at the Rio Olympics because according to the rules, the one winning the quota will represent the country at Olympics.
Sushil deserved a chance ahead of Narsingh in wrestling for Olympics
Now, this is the beginning of the whole debate, Sushil Kumar was left baffled after he came to realize that he won’t be representing India this year and started asking for trials. According to him, there should be one fair one on one trial held by the WFI which should decide who represents India at the biggest platform of Olympics. With the Narsingh vs Sushil debate heating up we see two perspectives to the story. One of which obviously supports Narsingh Yadav and his win at the WWC describing him as the fair representator of the nation. While if looked at the other side of the story, Sushil Kumar’s apprehensions deem fit too.
He cannot just sit back because he had an injury and could not participate in WWC, he has always shown his best and has always brought laurels for his country and surely deserves a shot at representing India at the Rio Olympics. Narsingh Yadav indeed is a very senior wrestler and is undoubtedly good at what he does and has done a great job by securing the Olympic berth but what needs to be realized is the fact that the berth belongs to the country and not just to an individual and there are enough evidences showing that Sushil Kumar might just be the better choice, and he would have surely performed his best had he not suffered from the injury but just because he could not, does not mean he should not be given another chance to prove his worth.
Sushil Kumar a Commendable player
Let’s face it, it is Sushil Kumar we are talking about, who has secured commendable positions at both the Beijing Olympics(2008) and the London Olympics(2012) apart from the other prestigious titles that he has to his name. No doubt it will be a tough call for the WFI while deciding if Sushil Kumar should be given a chance or not because he surely deserves one considering his capabilities to achieve great heights and his caliber and passion towards wrestling that has never let India down, be it at any platform.
Moreover, Sushil Kumar’s pleas for a fair trial seems plausible on a lot of levels keeping in mind his previous success at the Olympics and the fact that it is his dedication and love for wrestling and for India that he wants to do his best to represent India at that platform. It looks very much plausible to hold a trial between the two very best wrestlers that India has and then send the best of the best forward into the competition. Holding a trial does not seem like injustice to Narsingh Yadav either contrary to what many people would like to believe because if Narsingh Yadav is capable enough all he has to do is defeat Sushil Kumar in the trial and go forward in the competition.
It is only fair because if Sushil Kumar is not good enough he will anyway lose and most probably gladly accept his defeat and India will have its best wrestler representing it at Olympics’16. That sounds like a fair play for the wrestlers and also brings forward the most capable and probably the best amongst the two to represent India at the world stage at Rio Olympics 2016. One can only take sides and hope that the most deserving man wins.