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[Commonwealth Games] Courts cannot don role of selector for sporting events: Delhi High Court rejects plea by excluded Table Tennis players

Justice Dinesh Kumar Sharma, therefore, dismissed petitions filed by two table tennis players – Swastika Ghosh and Manush Shah – who had challenged the exclusion of their names from the list of players selected to represent India in the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

“To represent a nation and to participate, perform and excel in the arena of international sports, a player must not only possess physical but great mental and emotional strength and agility. It is thus pivotal that there should be no uncertainty in the minds of the players. Such litigations may disrupt and impact the preparation and performance of the players,” the order said.

The judge said the names by the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) were finalised by a Committee of Administrators appointed by the High Court. This committee has examined all the issues and arrived at the decision after taking into account all aspects, the Court said.

“In the present case also the Committee of Administrator has weighed different factors and therefore, this court finds itself unable to interfere in exercise of its power of judicial review. This court also finds complete absence of any arbitrariness or malafide in the decision arrived at by the Committee of Administrators,” read the Court’s order.

Source: Barandbench

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