The on-going tussle for the 74kg men’s freestyle wrestling category between Sushil Kumar and Narsingh Yadav has gone from the mats, the stadiums to the courts after Sushil moved Delhi HC. The court didn’t give him the repreive – a trial – that he seeked with Narsingh.
This isn’t the first time the Olympic preparations have been besieged with controversy in doing nothing but hurting the preparations for the athletes.
Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi, Sania Mirza mess at 2012 London Olympics
Then World No.7 Paes won direct berth for the Olympics but his quest to find a partner to play with was beset with controversies as Mahesh Bhupathi – his once partner – and Rohan Bopanna refused to partner the legendary tennis player. There was plenty of tongue lashing from all corners and in the end Bopanna paired Bhupathi and Paes played with Vishnu Vardhan. In the end, both teams crashed out in the second round.
If that wasn’t enough, the mixed doubles event was marred in controversy too. Sania Mirza, India’s doubles No.1, was pretty much used as “bait” to pacify Paes and Bhupathi in the melee.
She had said at the time, “As an Indian woman belonging to the 21st century, what I find disillusioning is the humiliating manner in which I was put up as a bait to try and pacify one of the disgruntled stalwarts of Indian tennis.”
“While I feel honoured and privileged to have been chosen to partner Leander Paes, the manner and timing of the announcement wreaks of male chauvinism where a two-time Grand Slam champion, who has been India’s No.1 women’s tennis player for almost a decade in singles and doubles is offered in compensation to partner one of the feuding champions purely in order to lure him into accepting to play with a men’s player he does not wish to play with!” she said.
She didn’t take kindly to AITA’s interference but later she did play for India with Paes and they lose to eventual Gold medallists of Belarus Max Miryni and Victoria Azarenka.
Shooting and the ‘quota’ conundrum
Shooting almost went down the quota place for this Olympics. Up until 2008, the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) sent those shooters to the Games who earned the quota. But for 2012, NRAI changed the approach and opted to pick shooters who were in form with tournaments such as 2010 World Championship, two nationals, four World Cups, 2011 Asian Championship and 2012 World Cups being kept into consideration.
For 2016 Olympics, the shooters have been picked based on their showing in World Championships, World Cup series and Asian Championships while maintaining a minimum qualifying score (MQS).
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