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THE PUNJAB and Haryana High Court on Wednesday stayed holding of the ‘24th Rhythmic Gymnastics National Championship’ by two factions of the Gymnastics Federation of India at two different places at Hyderabad and Mohali in March and April, respectively.
Justice Rajesh Bindal also issued notice to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) for filing its reply by March 9 after observing that without approval from the IOA, no tournament could be held by the federation of any sport. The directions came during the hearing of a petition filed by international gymnast Prabhjot Kaur Bajwa, a Chandigarh resident.
Justice Bindal observed, “Two events under the same title cannot be permitted to be held. Accordingly, it is directed that till such time the issue is finally decided, none of the factions of the federation will hold 24th Rhythmic Gymnastics National Championship.”
Appearing for the petitioner, senior advocate Girish Agnihotri had submitted that the petitioner had received two notices about holding of ‘24th Rhythmic Gymnastics National Championship’ which had created confusion about the authenticity and genuineness of the event. He submitted that the notice, dated January 31, said that the championship was being held from March 4 to 6 at Hyderabad and the notice issued on February 1 mentioned that the championship would be held at Mohali in Punjab from April 22 to 24.
On Wednesday, the advocates appearing for both the factions of the Gymnastics Federation of India pointed out that the event being organised by the two factions of office-bearers of the federation was the authorised one. It was pointed out that litigation with regard to election of president of the federation was pending in the court in Mumbai. It was submitted that the parent body in the country for different sports was the IOA. The case will now come up for hearing on March 9.