Delhi High Court asks AFI to reconsider its decision. Delhi High Court asks AFI to reconsider its decision

Digital Desk, New Delhi. The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) to reconsider its decision and include high jumper Tejaswin Shankar in the national team for the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games. Shankar, India’s high jump national record holder, had approached the Delhi High Court after he was dropped from the Commonwealth Games 2022 squad. He was not included in the list of 37 names selected by the federation in the selection committee meeting last week.

His lawyer, lawyer Malak Bhatt, told IANS, “The court has recorded that he is the top contender for this year and there are only two athletes above him who have the best jump in the world.” He met only the qualifying marks prescribed by AFI. The federation has been asked to actively consider their participation.

He added, “It’s after a progressive order today let’s see what happens on Friday because the AFI was saying they have a quota of 36 athletes they can’t exceed, but the high jump jump is under-represented.” Highcoat noted this. Shankar, who hails from Delhi, is studying business administration at Kansas State University in the US and has been on a four-year athletics scholarship since 2017. In the petition, the petitioner argued that the AFI’s decision to drop him from the Commonwealth Games team was arbitrary, illegal and against the national interest.

The federation decides to be the national high jump record holder (2.29m) and the only Indian to meet the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) qualification standard of 2.27m with a jump of 2.27m as recently as June 10.

IANS

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