Delhi HC Issues Notice On Boxer Arundhati Choudhary’s Plea on Non-selection

Swarna Shukla-

Published On: November 10, 2021 at 20:45 IST

The Delhi High Court issued notice over a Plea filed by Boxer Arundhati Roy over her Non-selection in the upcoming Women’s World Boxing Championship in Istanbul from 4-18 December.

Justice Rekha Palli sought the response of the Boxer Federation of India (BFI) and the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, in the Plea that stated that Lovlina Borgohain, an Olympic bronze winner, was selected for the Championship, instead of Arundhati.

Choudhary, who claimed to be an International boxing champion, approached the Court seeking a direction on the Respondents to consider her in the 70 Kg category for the event.

Advocate Hrishikesh Baruah representing BFI submitted that Choudhary was registered as a reserved boxer for the Championship and said that in case Choudhary was aggrieved by the selection of Lovlina, she ought to have impleaded her as a party Respondent.

The Court granted one week to the respondents for filing an affidavit in the matter whereas three days were given for filing a rejoinder to the same.

Justice Rekha Palli expressed dissatisfaction and noted that most of the Sports Federations were treating themselves as “Private Clubs”.

Furthermore, when Advocate Kurup said that the present matter was an issue entirely between the Federation and the player, Justice Palli stated, “This stand-in itself shows how careless this is coming. You have to show some proactiveness. We did so well this Olympics. We can do much better. I do not want a sportsperson to feel that I am better but I am not selected.” The matter is listed for hearing.

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