Govt will save wrestling from Olympics axe: Vijay Kumar
Posted on: 05:42 PM IST Feb 27, 2013
New Delhi: Wrestling's axing from Olympics is unfair, feels London Games silver-medallist shooter Vijay Kumar, who is confident that the Indian government will do all it can to save the sport from being completely dropped from the 2020 roster.
"The government will definitely work out a solution. Wrestling has won us medals in the last two Olympics, so I think they will try and save the sport," Kumar told PTI. "London Games silver-medallist Sushil Kumar and all the other guys have been doing so well. It is unfair on them," he said.
The IOC Executive Board, in its meeting earlier this month, decided on the 25 sports it will propose for approval as the core sports for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in the 125th IOC Session to be held in September in Argentina. Wrestling was not included in the 25 core sports despite the fact that it goes back to the inaugural modern Olympics in Athens in 1896 and had always been a core sport.
Talking about his plans, the rapid fire pistol shooter said 2013 will be dedicated to preparation for the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games, both multi-sporting events slated to be held next year in Scotland and South Korea, respectively.
"There are four World Cups coming up and they will be used as preparatory grounds for CWG and the Asiad. The focus is on these two events," he said.
In the ongoing selection trials at the Karni Singh Range, Kumar secured his place in the Indian squad for the first two World Cups in Changwon and Fort Benning by winning all the three events, including the national championship.