Delhi High Court dismisses petition against NRAI and upholds boards’s Olympic Selection Policy


The Delhi High Court, in a significant ruling, has upheld the Paris 2024 Olympic Selection Policy formulated by the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI). The NRAI is the governing body for the sport of shooting in India.

Petition against NRAI

The court’s decision came in response to a petition filed by a shooter challenging her exclusion from the Olympic selection trials. The petitioner contested the NRAI’s selection criteria for the Paris 2024 Olympics. However, the court dismissed the petition, thereby supporting the NRAI’s selection policy.

The NRAI’s selection policy for the 2024 Paris Olympics has been described as fair, reasonable, and transparent. K. Sultan Singh, Secretary General of the NRAI, stated that all athletes have been given a fair chance and that the policy is more inclusive for the shooters to qualify.

This ruling is significant as it validates the NRAI’s efforts to ensure a fair and transparent selection process for the upcoming Olympics. It also underscores the importance of having clear and equitable selection criteria in sports, particularly in events as prestigious as the Olympics.

The Indian shooting squad has secured a record 21 Olympic quota places out of a maximum of 24 quotas for each nation for the upcoming Paris 2024 Games. The rifle and pistol disciplines have bagged the maximum eight quotas each, while the shotgun shooters have bagged their highest-ever tally of five quota places.

The squad will look to add to the tally of four Olympic medals (including one gold) that the sport has won so far in the marquee sporting event. This aspiration reflects the high expectations and hopes placed on the Indian shooting squad.

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