Sushil Kumar had requested the Indian Wrestling Federation to postpone the trial citing hand injury.
After Sushil's exit, Jitender won the 74 kg freestyle category trial
President of the Indian Wrestling Association said, we can conduct a re-trial for the Asian Olympic qualifiers
Dainik BhaskarJan 03, 2020, 07:21 PM IST Sports Desk. Jitender Kumar won the 74 kg freestyle category trial in Delhi on Friday. He defeated Amit Dhankhar 5–2 to qualify for the Italy Ranking Series (15–18 January) as well as the Asian Championship (18–23 February). Sushil Kumar, who won two medals in the Olympics, also had to be tried in the same weight category. But due to hand injury, he withdrew from the trials.
Sushil urged the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) to postpone it. But his request was turned down by the WFI. Jitender then won the trial for this weight class.
Sushil defeated Jitender in the World Championship Trials in 2019.
The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) had earlier announced that the wrestlers who won the trials would compete in the Asian Olympic qualifiers from March 27 to 29 in Xian. But later its president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said that he could get the trial done again before Xian. In such a situation, if Jitendra has to make a place in the Tokyo Olympic qualification, he will have to impress the Wrestling Federation by his performance by winning medals in Italy ranking series and Asian Championship. However, Sushil defeated Jeetendra in a trial match for the World Championship in September 2019.
The president of the wrestling association had said – no trials will go into Olympic qualifiers.
Sharan said, "If we feel that the wrestlers' performance in the first two competitions is not satisfactory, then the trials for the Olympic qualifiers can be conducted again. We want to send our best wrestlers so that India can achieve maximum quota for these sports. He added, "If we do not get Olympic quota in the weight categories, if the wrestlers perform well in it, then we will not conduct trials.
As far as Sushil is concerned, no one will be allowed to enter the Olympic qualifiers without participating in the trials. "
Deepak, Ravi and Sumit win final trials
Meanwhile, in the final trial on Friday, Deepak Poonia (86 kg) defeated Pawan Saroha while Ravi Dahiya (57 kg) defeated Pankaj. Both of them were given direct entry to the finals. Apart from these, Sumit Malik (125 kg) in the finals, Satinder and Satyavrat Kadian (97 kg) won the season over Matsya Khatri.