New Delhi. The Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed a writ petition filed by Indian table tennis players Manush Shah and Swastika Ghosh challenging their denial of place in the country’s Commonwealth Games team. Manush and Swastika had moved the court after the Committee of Administrators (CoA) governing the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) denied them a place in the final squad for the Commonwealth Games announced this month.
Manush’s father Utpal said, ‘Our lawyer told me that our case has been dismissed.’ Manush was in the top-4 as per the eligibility rules decided by the CoA but the selectors did not give him a place in the men’s team. Experienced Sharath Kamal, G Sathiyan, Harmeet Desai, Sanil Shetty have been included in the men’s team while Manush will be the standby.
19-year-old Swastika has been kept on standby in the revised women’s team comprising Manika Batra, Diya Chitale, Rit Rishya and Sreeja Akula. Archana Kamath, India’s second highest-ranked player after Manika (39) at 66, has also moved the court after being dropped from the Indian team. His case will be heard in the Karnataka High Court on June 22.
Archana was initially included in the team as an ‘exception’ as she did not fulfill the eligibility criteria. However, the CoA suddenly dropped him from the team after that and gave his place to Diya. Diya also initially went to the court after not getting a place in the team. The Commonwealth Games are to be held in Birmingham from 28 July to 8 August.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 20, 2022, 20:52 IST