The Wrestling Federation of India is likely to pardon temporarily suspended Babita Kumari (53Kg) for forfeiting her bout in a recent qualifying event and allow her to compete at the Rio Games, as she secured an Olympic berth after her rival failed a dope test.
Babita qualified for the Olympics after Mongolia’s Sumiya Erdenechimeg failed a dope test in women’s 53kg at the Asian Olympic qualifier.
Babita and another Indian wrestler Ravinder Khatri (Greco-Roman 85kg) were lucky to have acquired berths at the Rio Games after United World Wrestling ruled out the athletes who tested positive from competing in the Olympics and handed their quota places to the next best in the respective weight divisions.
“Babita has apologised for forfeiting her bout (at the 1st World Qualification tournament in Mongolia). She explained that in order to consume her energy she did not fight in what was an inconsequential bout,” Vinod Tomar, WFI assistant secretary, said.
“Since she has got a quota place now, she is likely to be let off and allowed to compete at the Olympics,” he added.
Although currently she remains temporarily suspended, the ban may be lifted after WFI holds a meeting on Tuesday.
The total number of Indians going to Rio has risen to Eight (8), five men and three women, eclipsing the previous tally of five for the London Olympics in 2012.