Delhi High Court rejects writ petitions by table tennis players Manush, Swastika | Table tennis news


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Indian table tennis players Manush Shah and Swastika Ghosh’s petitions challenging their exclusion from the Commonwealth Games national team were dismissed by the Delhi High Court on Monday. Shah and Ghosh had approached the court after the Committee of Administrators (CoA), which heads the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI), excluded them from the final CWG squad announced earlier this month. “Our lawyer told me that our case was closed,” Utpal, Manush’s father, told PTI.

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The selectors did not include Manush in the men’s team despite being in the top four by the criteria set by the CoA. The men’s team included veteran Sharath Kamal, G Sathiyan, Harmeet Desai, Sanil Shetty, with Manush on standby.

Swastika, 19, has been named as a reserve with the revised women’s squad comprising Manika Batra, Chitale, Reeth Rishya and Sreeja Akula.

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Archana Kamath, India’s second-highest ranked player at 66th after Manika Batra (39th), had also moved onto the pitch after being dropped from India’s squad for the upcoming Commonwealth Games. His case is due to be heard on June 22 at the Karnataka High Court.

Archana was initially included in the team as an “exception” as she did not meet the selection criteria set by TTFI, but was suddenly dropped by the CoA and Diya Chitale was brought in in her place.

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Interestingly, Chitale also moved the court after being initially kicked out of the team.

The CWG is due to be held in Birmingham from July 28 to August 8.

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