In the wake of three women’s boxers moving to the Delhi High Court to challenge their non-inclusion in the Indian team for the forthcoming IBA Women’s World Championships in New Delhi, the court decided not to interfere with the selections.
National champions Manju Rani (48kg), Shiksha Narwal (54kg) and Poonam Poonia (60kg), in their writ petition, had argued that all those pugilists who clinched gold at the national championships held in December 2022 at Bhopal had made the cut into the worlds’ team, except them.
The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) counsels Hrishikesh Baruah and Parth Goswami, in turn, had informed the HC that governing body followed its selection policy while picking boxers for the team.
A statement from the federation further informed that the court has decided not to interfere in the selection.
“After inclusion in the National camp, the athletes were evaluated on various parameters by the High Performance Director and National team coaches. The selection was done without (any) bias and the team was selected after carefully evaluating players over the weeks at the National camp,” the statement from the BFI read, adding that the HC “did not interfere with the selections made for the World championships.”
Boxers’ counsel Sandeep Lamba added that while the court has not interfered in the selection, they have asked the BFI to be considerate towards the petition and place Manju, Shiksha and Poonam as reserve boxers in their respective weight classes.
The IBA Women’s World Championships will take place between 15th to 26th at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex.
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