HC seeks the Centre’s position on Manika’s plea against the Table Tennis Federation
The Delhi High Court on Monday requested the Centre’s position on a claim filed by table tennis player Manika Batra against the Indian Table Tennis Federation (TTFI) for dropping her name for the Asian championship.
A single judge bench of Judge Rekha Palli has asked the central government council to take notice of the petition filed by table tennis player Manika Batra. The court set the case for a new hearing on September 23.
The Court allowed two days to instruct the Center and rule on the petition.
The Court noted that Manika Batra is the highest ranked player in the country and suggested that there should be some balance in making such decisions.
Batra, an internationally renowned Indian table tennis player, ranked 56th in the world and the highest ranked Indian player internationally.
She filed a motion due to the omissions and commissions of the Respondent, the Indian Table Tennis Federation, and published the National Camp Rules and Regulations dated 04.08.2021 which she believes are arbitrary, capricious and unsustainable.
“Although the petitioner has brought laurels to the country, as recently at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, 2020, she was excluded from the contingent sent for the 25th ITTF Asian Table Tennis Championships 2021 which will be held in Doha from 28.09. . 2021 to 04.10.2021 “, said the petitioner.
Lawyer Apoorv Kurup represented the Center in this case while lead lawyer Sachin Dutta and lawyer Akshay Amritanshu appeared on behalf of petitioner Batra.
Petitioner Batra said the basic facts that led to the publication of the Rules and Regulations on August 8, 2021 is that the respondent Soumyadeep Roy had previously searched for the petitioner and urged her to sign a letter written to the center. respondents, recommending Roy’s name. as the national coach of the table tennis contingent to represent India at the 2020 Summer Olympics. The petitioner received a draft letter of recommendation from the respondent Roy himself, which she politely addressed refused to sign.
After the conclusion of the Olympics, the Federation released Rules and Regulations dated August 4, 2021, which Batra received on August 27, informing him that participation in the National Coaches Camp is mandatory, otherwise she would not be selected. for any upcoming international event.
“Table tennis is an individual sport, which requires specialized training with supportive staff. Only the personal trainer would know the strengths, weaknesses, skills and areas a player should focus on and strengthen. , these rules do not allow any personal coaching / support. Therefore, the rules of 04.08.2021 are arbitrary, irrational, absurd and have no relation to the achievement of excellence in an individualized sport, such as tennis. table ”, said the petitioner.
A player training with her support staff would be severely compromised and her performance would be seriously affected if the rules are not overturned, the petitioner urged.
Accordingly, the applicant Batra urged the Delhi High Court to grant an interim ex parte order suspending the application of the contested rules and regulations dated August 4.
She also asked the authorities concerned to include her name in the contingent representing India at the Asian table tennis championship to be held in Doha from September 28, 2021 to October 5, 2021.
She sought to annul the rules and regulations entitled “Rules and regulations for the national camp” dated 04.08.2021 issued by the Respondent’s Center.
She also requested instructions from the Union of India through the Youth Ministry to investigate the management of the Federation, the conduct of Roy and other TTFI officials under the supervision of this Court.
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