The Sushil-Narsingh Timeline

Sushil Kumar and Narsingh Yadav have been in the news over their tussle for the sole Olympic berth in their weight category. Here's a timeline of the key events in the story so far.

Dec 2013: Faced with the threat of being ousted from the Olympics, FILA (the world wrestling body), now United World Wrestling, decides to scrap some weight categories making it a 6-6-6 format for men's freestyle, women's freestyle and greco-roman. One of the categories axed from the Games is the 66 kg category in which double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar competed and excelled in. Sushil decides to move to the 74 kg freestyle category.

July 2014: Sushil competes in the new weight category for the first time at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and wins gold. Skips the Asian Games the same year in which Narsingh Yadav, who had bagged gold in the 74 kg freestyle event at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, wins a bronze in Incheon. Sushil does not compete in any further events citing injury.

Sept 2015: Narsingh wins a bronze at the World Championships in the 74 kg freestyle category event in Las Vegas, earning India a quota at the Rio Olympics.

Dec 2015: Faced with a possibility of a face-off with Narsingh, Sushil pulls out of the Pro Wrestling League (PWL). Narsingh was a part of the Bengaluru Yodhas, who lost to Mumbai Garudas in the semi final despite Narsingh winning his bout 7-0.

May 2016: Sushil turns vocal in his demand for trials with Narsingh to pick who gets to go to the Olympics.

May 13: Sushil intensifies his campaign, takes to social media, appealing to the PMO and sports ministry requesting intervention.

May 15: In a body blow to his hopes, Sushil's name is excluded from Wrestling Federation of India's (WFI) list of wrestlers for the preparatory camp in Sonepat. WFI justifies its move saying that wrestlers who have won an Olympic quota place were included and hints that Narsingh, who has a podium finish in every tournament he has participated in over the last two years, has their backing.

May 16: Sushil moves to Delhi High Court seeking the conduct of a trial bout with Narsingh.

May 17: Court refuses to intervene, directs the WFI to meet the wrestler and sort out the matter.

July 24: Narsingh fails a dope test, putting his Olympics participation in doubt.