While he continues to pursue his Rio Games ambitions, Sushil Kumar took another step towards sports administration after he was elected the president of School Games Federation of India on Saturday.
Sushil was given a four-year term by the India’s foremost school sports body. Sushil has been in the midst of an ugly court-room battle with the Wrestling Federation of India, urging them to conduct trials in the 74kg for the Rio Olympics. The case was dismissed by the Delhi high court.
While he is unlikely to appeal to a higher court, the wrestler is also seeking an appointment with prime minister Narendra Modi in the coming week to request his intervention.
The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) alleged Sushil appeared more inclined towards his commercial interests than training and competing, the two-time Olympic medallist’s lawyers hit back by saying he is being denied a fair trial for the Rio Olympics because he did not take part in the Pro Wrestling League (PWL).
Sushil’s coach Satpal Singh, who was elected chief patron of the school games federation, said: “Sushil was elected as the president unopposed till 2020. It’s a big responsibility, since there are a lot of children who take part in school nationals. Regarding the Olympics, we are hoping to meet Prime Minister in the next two, three days. After that, we will make an announcement.”