New Delhi: A PIL on Wednesday came up for hearing in the Delhi High Court challenging the International Boxing Association's (AIBA) decision to suspend boxer Laishram Sarita Devi for refusing to accept the bronze medal at the Asian Games podium ceremony in South Korea.
The plea filed by senior advocate Rajiv Dutta has sought a direction to the Centre to take due cognizance of the rules and regulations framed by Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) situated in Lausanne for settling disputes.
It also seeks a direction to the Centre to exercise its inherent power to direct the respective local federations and associations situated within its jurisdiction to incorporate the CAS Arbitration Clause within their respective rules.
A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice R S Endlaw, after hearing brief arguments, posted the matter for next hearing on December 17. It also directed the petitioner to furnish the copy of CAS rules to the Centre and the Indian Olympic Association.
The plea contends the Centre has failed to consider that athletes registered with the local federations like Boxing India do not have any recourse against punitive measures recommended by international forums.
It claims that the incident involving Sarita Devi is merely an indication of the larger malaise prevalent in the sports administration and particularly in sports federations.
The petition seeks to ensure that there are clear guidelines and a framework in place to ensure that such an incident does not recur by implementing clear procedures for dispute settlement within the sports bodies.
"Issue direction to the Centre and the Indian Olympic Association to take immediate and urgent steps to file appropriate legal remedies against the suspension decision taken by the international boxing association pursuant to decision dated October 21 taken by its disciplinary committee," the plea said.
It alleges that there is absolutely no clarity on resolution of disputes in the event that an international body like International Boxing Association takes any coercive action against individual sportspersons, as has occurred in the case.
"Issue a direction directing the Centre to take due cognizance of the rules and regulations framed by Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) situated at Lausanne, Switzerland, especially rules relating to referring sports disputes to arbitration...," the plea said.