Indian Table Tennis is currently battling with internal strife. Ever since the team has been selected for the Commonwealth Games, the controversy has increased. Due to not getting a place in the team, Manush Shah and Swastika Ghosh had knocked on the door of the court but both of them are left disappointed. The Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed a writ petition challenging the denial of Manush Shah and Swastika Ghosh to the country’s Commonwealth Games team. Manush and Swastika had moved the court when Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) The Committee of Administrators (CoA) running the ) did not include both of them in the final team of the Commonwealth Games announced this month.
Manush’s father Utpal told news agency PTI, our lawyer told me that our case has been dismissed. After this decision of the court, Manush Shah and Swastika Ghosh’s hopes of playing in the Commonwealth Games have suffered a major setback. Both of them went to the court with hope but got nothing but disappointment.
Not selected after being in top-4
Manush was in the top four as per the eligibility norms 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. Nineteen-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 also reached court
Archana Kamath, India’s second highest-ranked player after Manika (39) with 66th position, has also gone to 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.
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