Delhi High Court has instructed the traditional boat race team to send Asian Games to be held in Indonesia from August 18 to September 2. The games and players selected for participation in the Asian Games from the Indian Olympic Association did not include the traditional yacht race.
Yachting player Abhay Singh filed a petition in the court against the attitude of the IOA. The IOA did not select the boat race team but did not meet the eligibility criteria required for selection. Abhay, after winning the silver and bronze medal in the Asian level tournament, had sought the intervention of the court in this case.
On Tuesday, the court ruled in favor of the petitioner and asked to ensure that the petitioner and team could represent India in these games. IOA Secretary Rajiv Mehta affirmed the organizing committee of the Games to send the names of the players to the boats and said, “We have sent names. Now it has to be seen whether the organizers accept it or not. ‘
Prashant Kushwaha, president of the Indian Kayaking and Canoeing Association said that it involves men and women teams in which 16-16 players are involved. He said that 12 players participate in the boat race whereas four reserve players are involved. “Now we do not know how many sportsmen will be stamped on the sports ministry,” he said.
The involvement of the yacht race will increase the number of players in the Indian team. The IOA had initially announced the names of 524 players but then it was amended to make this number 541. Earlier, Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court directed the IOA to include the male handball team in the selected list.
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