Court seeks response on plea challenging Vinesh, Bajrang’s exemption from trials in Asian Games -aabtak24


Vinesh, Punia in Asian Games: The Delhi High Court on Thursday (July 20) asked the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) to explain the grounds for exempting wrestlers Vinesh Phogat and Bajrang Punia from the Asian Games trials.  U-20 world champion Anvil Panghal and U-23 Asian champion Sujit Kalkal had filed petitions against the direct entry of Phogat and Punia.

Justice Subramaniam Prasad, hearing the petition, asked the sports body to file its reply. Justice has listed the matter for hearing on Friday (July 21). Court said, "If this (basis of selection) is a fair and just method, then the matter ends there." The court asked the WFI counsel to explain what was the basis of selection other than Phogat and Punia being good players. 

Wrestlers request fair selection process
Phogat (53kg) and Punia (65kg) were on Tuesday given direct entry for the Asian Games by the Indian Olympic Association’s ad-hoc committee, while other wrestlers made it to the Indian team through selection trials on July 22 and 23. I have to confirm my place. Panghal and Kalkal have challenged the exemption and requested a fair selection process.

Wrestler Vishal Karman also raised objections
Wrestler Vishal Kaliraman also objected yesterday. objected to the direct entry of They said, "I also play in the under 65kg category and Bajrang Punia has been given direct entry for the Asian Games without trial. These people have been performing for almost a year, while we have been practicing continuously. We demand their trial as well. We don’t want any favor or benefit, but at least trial should be conducted otherwise we are also ready to go to court and we will appeal in court. We have been preparing for this for 15 years. If Bajrang Punia refuses to play in Asian Games then someone else will get a chance and he will be able to play in Asian Games."

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