In a new turn of events in the raging Manika Batra tiff against TTFI, the Delhi High Court suspended the Indian Table Tennis Federation (TTFI) rule that required players to attend the national coaching camp to be selected for international tournaments.
According to the Delhi High Court, the ball is currently in the court of 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medalist Manika Batra regarding her request for inclusion in the squad for the upcoming Asian Championships in Doha. The Delhi High Court has determined that the sole criteria for selecting an athlete should be the individual’s merit and not attending or attending a national camp prior to the event, as such. However, it will be up to the TTFI to determine the final action to include or exclude Manika, who did not participate in the Sonepat camp.
[Manika Batra v. TTFI]
Delhi HC is temporarily suspending the rules of the Indian Table Tennis Federation, which make it compulsory to attend the national coaching camp to be selected for international events, the Center to investigate the allegations made by Batra.#ManikaBatra https://t.co/5Fnv11zQ0j
– Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) September 23, 2021
Ultimately, it will be up to the TTFI to take the final appeal if they wish to include their star player in the contingent heading to Doha. With China not competing in the Asian Championships, India’s chances will be much better than usual of winning a medal at the prestigious Continental Championships which take place every two years. If Manika Batra does not go, it will be Sutirtha Mukherjee who will lead on the women’s side while Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Sharath Kamal will take the reins on the men’s side.