Express news service
NEW DELHI: The exclusion of Manika Batra from the Indian team for the next Asian Championship has now been taken to the Delhi High Court and the case was heard on Monday, the court giving two days to the lawyer of the Center to request further instructions. on the paddler’s plea.
The plea states that the rules regarding mandatory national camp attendance for selection should be rescinded and Manika should be included in the squad for the tournament which begins in November. Also, the cases of TTFI and Soumyadeep Roy, who was the coach and allegedly asked him to lead an Olympic qualifying match, should be examined by the Sports Ministry. Senior lawyer Sachin Dutta was running for the CWG gold medalist.
“The Applicant also requested the following final measures: 1
2. A writ of mandamus or any other writ, order or directive thereby ordering Respondent No. 1 to include the name of the Applicant in the contingent representing India at the next Asian Table Tennis Championship; and
3. A writ of mandamus or any other writ, order or instruction thereby ordering Defendant # 2 (Union of India through Ministry of Youth) to investigate the management of Defendant # 1; conduct of Respondent # 3 and other officials of Respondent # 1 as detailed in this petition and the petitioner’s email dated 08/14/2021 and the representation sent by the petitioner to Respondent # ° 1 dated 17.09.2021 and respondent n ° 2 dated 17.09. 2021 under the supervision of this Hon’ble Court.
The federation’s lawyer denied all the allegations and said the national coach was not even present at the national camp. “Table tennis is an individual sport, which requires specialized training with support staff. Only the personal trainer would know the strengths, weaknesses, skills and areas a player should focus on and strengthen. However, these rules do not allow any personal trainer / support staff … “
The case will be heard again on September 23.