The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Paralympic Committee to advocate Naresh Sharma’s identify as a further participant within the 50m Para Shooter class for the Tokyo Paralympics, that are scheduled to start on August 24. The court docket has requested for a compliance report by tomorrow.
Mr Sharma had moved the highest court docket difficult a Delhi High Court order that stated his plea (associated to his non-selection) can be heard on Friday – 4 days after the deadline for entries.
The high court docket’s order comes as aid for Mr Sharma – a five-time Paralympics shooter and an Arjuna Award winner – who had contended his non-selection in favor of one other athlete – Deepak – was “arbitrary, discriminatory and capricious”.
“The petitioner humbly seeks intervention of this court docket within the current matter because the reputable alternative of the petitioner to take part within the Tokyo Paralympics in R7 occasion, and consequently convey laurels to the nation, will probably be misplaced if the arbitrary, discriminatory and capricious choice.. . by the choice committee of PCI (Paralympics Committee of India is allowed,” his petition stated.
“If matter is heard on August 6, it might make the plea infructuous,” Mr Sharma advised the highest court docket.
Mr Sharma has alleged that the PCI choice committee adopted incorrect standards – which he stated have been “opposite to the norms of the National Sports Development Code – for collection of athletes.
Mr Sharma identified that as a way to take part within the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, a para shooter should have participated in a minimum of two occasions authorised by World Shooting Para Sports.
However, Deepak (who was chosen in his place) has participated in just one such occasion, Mr Sharma claimed, including that the committee had added factors for collaborating within the Serbia Grand Prix, which isn’t authorised by World Shooting Para Sports.