Commonwealth Games gold medalist and Khel Ratna awardee Manika Batra alleged that the federation’s selection process is not transparent and players like her are being targeted which is against the interests of sports and sportspersons.
Manika Batra could not win a medal in Tokyo Olympics-2020.
The Delhi High Court, hearing a petition filed by India’s star female table tennis player Manika Batra, has given an interim stay on the Table Tennis Federation’s decision to allow players to participate in international tournaments. It is mandatory to join the national camp. Manika Batra had moved the court against being selected in the team in the Asian Table Tennis Championships. The Table Tennis Federation of India had made it mandatory to attend the national camp to be selected in the Asian Championship. Manika has alleged in the petition that national coach Soumyadeep Roy had pressured Batra to lose a match so that his personal trainee could qualify for the Olympics 2020. Batra has also demanded a direction to the Sports Ministry to investigate the management of the federation.
The High Court has also ordered the Center to investigate the allegations leveled by Batra. The High Court has asked the Center to conduct a probe within four weeks. While giving the order, the High Court has said that the Center will also consider that no investigation is required in the matter of the federation. The next hearing of the case will be on October 28.
This happened in the last hearing
In the last hearing of the case, Justice Rekha Palli had given two days’ time to the counsel for the Central Government. In the last hearing, the judge had said that the allegation against the coach was serious and the Center would have to show proactiveness. He had said, “She is a high ranking player. If there are such serious allegations against the coach, then the central government will have to show some activism. After all she is India’s highest ranked player.
Batra’s lawyer kept his point
Batra’s lawyer Sachin Dutta said that despite meeting all the criteria, Batra was not being given a chance to play in the Asian Championship to be held in Doha in September-October just because he did not participate in the national camp. He had asked the court to put a stay on this rule so that he can participate in another international tournament in November. “There is another tournament in November,” he said. This rule should be stopped. This will end his career.”
The federation had denied
The federation had denied all the allegations and said that the national coach was not present in the camp. Batra, a Commonwealth Games gold medalist and Khel Ratna awardee, alleged that the federation’s selection process is not transparent and players like her are being targeted which is against the interests of sports and sportspersons.
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