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WFI dumps Ramesh for major events.

Wrestler out of squad for CWG and world meet

IN A shocking development, the Wrestling Federation of India ( WFI) has dropped World Championship bronze medallist Ramesh Kumar from the Commonwealth Games and the World Championships to be held in September. This was announced by GS Mander, president of the WFI. Speaking to MAIL TODAY from Sonepat, where the one- day selection trials were held to select the teams, Mander said: " I am extremely sorry to say that Ramesh Kumar could not make it to neither the CWG squad or the World Championships.

This was due to the fact that he performed poorly during the selection trials." It must be mentioned here that Ramesh won India's lone bronze in the last edition of the World Championships in Herning, Denmark.

In the process, he became the first Indian in 42 years to win a medal at the World Championships.

When quizzed as to why the federation did not take into consideration Ramesh's track record, Mander said that form of the wrestler is the most important thing.

" We cannot go by a wrestler's track- record only. He or she has to perform well at the selections trials also. One has to be in good form especially in the wake of the two major competitions," he said.

He further said that it was the WFI's job to select the best possible squad for the meets.

" We have to select the best possible team. We cannot allow anyone to represent India purely because he has won a bronze medal in the Worlds a year back," said Mander.

" We have selected both Nar Singh Yadav and Sumit Kumar to represent India in place of Ramesh." Mander pointed out that Yadav was in top form. " He ( Yadav) won a couple of gold medals at the Asian Championships in New Delhi in May.

This meet was a test event for the Commonwealth Games and he has clearly shown that he is the best for the country in the 74kg freestyle category," he said.

As regards Sumit, Mander said that the boy had shown amazing improvement in the past six months. " I can say without any hesitation that Sumit is one of the most improved wrestlers in the country right now. He has even beaten Ramesh in the trials and we could not overlook his claim," he said.

When contacted, Ramesh said he did not want to say anything about his exclusion. " Right now I have got to say nothing on this matter. I am feeling terribly disappointed but have got nothing more to add on this topic," he told MAIL TODAY .

SUSHIL EXCELS

Meanwhile, Mander also said that Beijing Olympic bronze medallist Sushil Kumar was in superb form. " Sushil is in the best form of his life. He was simply too good at the trials and showed his superiority over his rivals," said Mander.

Sushil, who was in good form at the at the Asian meet in Delhi where he won gold, turned on the heat in Sonepat where he finished off his opponents in style.

It is learnt that Sushil's brilliant show at the trials was likely to earn him berths at both -- the CWG and the World Championships squads.

saji.chacko@mailtoday.in

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