As wait grows, Delhi High Court slams WFI politics

Hearing to the case filed by Sushil Kumar, High Court slammed the WFI for using sportspersons as pawns in politics of federation.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Updated: May 31, 2016 12:54 pm
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Wrestlers “should not be used as pawns” in the politics of the sports federation, the Delhi High Court commented on Monday while hearing arguments in the case filed by champion wrestler Sushil Kumar seeking trials for the upcoming Rio Olympics.

“People have reduced this to politics. These are sportspersons. They are international athletes. They don’t need this. They need to be in training,” observed Justice Manmohan. The comment was made while hearing arguments on behalf of World Championships bronze medal winner Narsingh Yadav, who has opposed Sushil’s plea.

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Senior advocate Nidhesh Gupta, appearing for Narsingh, told the court that Sushil had not participated in any wrestling competition after July 2014, and had not given any justification for his absence. “He has submitted medical certificates only for July 2015,” said Gupta, who argued that Sushil could have participated in the National Championships in December or the Asian Championships in January to indicate his fitness level. The lawyer also pointed out that Sushil’s letter for leave of absence did not mention medical reasons but cited “urgent unavoidable circumstances” for his absence.

Sushil, however, said the WFI had never objected to his medical certificate. Senior advocate Amit Sibal, representing Sushil, told the court that the WFI was not following the procedure under the Olympics rules, which says the berth secured in an event is for a country and not for a particular athlete.

“Iran, Russia, USA, Canada, all have separate trials after the quota is secured,” said Sibal, who also argued that the WFI “did not have a procedure or policy in place” regarding medical certificates.

With the wrestling team scheduled to go to Poland next week for training, Narsingh’s lawyers told the court the “list of names” for Rio had already been finalised by the WFI and sent to the Indian Olympic Association. Sushil’s counsel argued those being sent to Poland are the ones who had secured berths for their events, as well as “standby replacement wrestlers”. Sushil’s name, though, does not figure in that list. The court will now hear further arguments on Wednesday.

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    Duffer
    Jun 1, 2016 at 1:20 am
    The Govt must do a forensic audit of all the Sporting bodies and the so called Centre of Excellence. None of them have produced desired results. Being a banker I know how money is siphoned off from these monuments of failures. lt;br/gt;Stop the interference of insitutions which may be state and even religous bodies(Yes even religous bodies interefere in sports)lt;br/gt;Stop quota, prizes lt;br/gt;The Govt has been able to regulate the Real Estate mafia. These bodies are equivalent to that only. Stop funding the Sporting Federations, Centre of Excellence. lt;br/gt;Put in a regulator mechanism to oversee and control them. Results Performance should be the only criteria nothing else. lt;br/gt;The countrys children are hard working and pionate but these hands who guide them are of corrupt inept and nefarious guys.
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      Duffer
      Jun 1, 2016 at 5:33 am
      Even our humble PM refers to himself as Pradhan sewak and dedicates himself to the sevice of nation. But just check the les bestowed on the self styled gurus of management team ranging from Secretary General to director General . All these posts must be renamed to reflect the true nature of their work.lt;br/gt;So called partners of the sporting bodies are actually partners in crime. They rip parents and the children by generally selling either subsstandard or useless imported equipment.lt;br/gt;While the entire govt machiney is moving towads egov these federations are so opaque that you will never know and you will always have to approach.
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        Duffer
        Jun 1, 2016 at 12:07 pm
        Most of the sports federations get/make money either in the of no of people playing or viewing the game. In Table Tennis they want money in the name of no of people registered for playing not in the name of high quality people that the country has produced. That is why there are no sponsors because the system only ensures mediocre players and the management enjoys all the perks on their behalf.lt;br/gt;They tout as 1 lakh registered players and then go ahead asking for sponsorship. Not even 1 player in the Top 50. This is the sucess story of the Management Team.
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          Duffer
          Jun 2, 2016 at 9:15 am
          What the explayers who not graduate much actually do. They end up actually as agents of the Sports Equipment importers and acting as front men to do their bidding. In Table Tennis most of the rubbers of German make made in China and then imported in India thru a web of Companies registered in small tier cities in Orissa, UP to name a few. There is no manufacturing date only date of import.You are left wondering ki daal main kuch kala hai.
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            Duffer
            May 31, 2016 at 3:09 am
            Let me write about Table Tennis. I will touchbase few issues .lt;br/gt;There are indian players who are in the Top 50 you can count them on your one hand fingers. Do you know where they train and play. Outside India. What is the management cotorie doing for the last decade . You will be surprised to see the same faces running the game .lt;br/gt; U might think Table Tennis as a sport easy on pocket. You are wrong. All the sporting equipment in Table Tennis is imported and India is flooded with imports from China,Germany to name a few. Even these goods are fake and the people in India are taken for a ride. All spurious products including the banned ones are dumped in India. The entire racket is run in a well oiled fashion.lt;br/gt;I will write about other issues in the coming post.
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