Rowers move HC against drop of their category for Asian Games

Two rowers on Monday moved the Delhi High Court questioning the Centre's decision not to take part in the 420 class sailing event in the forthcoming 2014 Asian Games in South Korea.

PTI| Updated: Sep 15, 2014, 22:14 PM IST
Rowers move HC against drop of their category for Asian Games

New Delhi: Two rowers on Monday moved the Delhi High Court questioning the Centre's decision not to take part in the 420 class sailing event in the forthcoming 2014 Asian Games in South Korea.

The rowers, Diya Anna Correa and Upamanyu Dutta, have sought directions to the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to reinstate their category saying they are willing to go to the Games at their own cost.

Their plea was mentioned today before a bench of justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Siddharth Mridul which ordered listing of the matter before a single judge bench of Justice Vibhu Bakhru.

However, the matter could not be taken up today and was listed for hearing tomorrow.

The two rowers ave contended they have already sent their equipment and boats to South Korea at their own cost and the last-minute decision of the ministry to drop their category, without any warning or reason, is arbitrary and a violation of the sports code.

In their petition, filed through advocate Rahul Mehra, they have contended they have also received accreditation from both Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and Olympic Committee of Asia (OCA) to participate in the Games.

They have also sought retaining their category saying it would be their last oppostunity to participate in the Games in the under-19 age group of the 420 class sailing event.

The petition also states that not sending them after spending government funds in their training amounts to waste of public money.

They have also submitted that they have "complied with all the requirements such as selection trials, international exposure, focused coaching among others in order to prepare themselves for the forthcoming competition so as to be able to represent India to the best of their abilities." 

The Asian Games is scheduled to take place in Incheon, South Korea, from September 19 to October 4, 2014 with 439 events in 36 sports and disciplines.