When Tendulkar can attend camp why not all sportspersons: HC

New Delhi: A woman wrestler not selected for Commonwealth Games as she was irregular in training was refused relief by the Delhi High Court, which said even Sachin Tendulkar goes through camps before any big cricket series.

Sonika Kaliraman, daughter of late wrestling guru Chandagi Ram, along with three other wrestlers who had challenged the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) decision to drop them from the list of probable players for the CWG, scheduled from October 3 to October 14, 2010, here.

Dismissing their plea, the court said that "every sportsperson should follow the procedure".

"Even after hitting so many centuries, Tendulkar has to attend training camps before any cricket series. If he goes to camps for training then why cannot you," Justice S Muralidhar said adding that "every sportsperson should follow the procedure".

The court said there is no "arbitrariness" on the part of the Federation in rejecting their participation in the game as they took the decision on the basis of current form of players.

"Irrespective of past performances, the Federation is supposed to select players with good current performance," the court said while setting aside their contention that they should have been selected on the basis of their past performance.

Sonika, a well known wrestler had alleged that the selection procedure adopted by the WFI was unfair.

The wrestler, who has also participated in reality tv show 'Khatron Ke khiladi' with bollywood star Akshay Kumar, alleged she was not able to participate in the training camp as she was not well and was in the US.

Earlier, the High Court had issued notices to the Central Government, the Indian Olympic Association and the Wrestling Federation of India on the wrestlers' petition.