Supreme Court Orders Paralympic Athlete’s Name Included For Tokyo Games | Latest India News
The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the Indian Paralympic Committee (IPC) to include the name of five-time Paralympian shooter Naresh Kumar Sharma in the recommended list for the Tokyo Paralympic Games.
The committee was informed of the urgent hearing taken by the bench of judges AM Khanwilkar, BR Gavai and Krishna Murari but none appeared. The Sports Ministry said it had no objection to Sharma’s name being sent and that the government would be happy if the medals increased.
The Paralympic Games will kick off in the Japanese capital on August 24 and run through September 5.
As the deadline for submitting names for the event is August 2, the bench of three Supreme Court judges ordered the committee to add Sharma’s name in the R-7 shooting event and report compliance by Tuesday. The court ordered that the order be emailed to the chairman of the Paralympic committee.
Sharma, the recipient of the Arjuna Prize, challenged an order from Delhi’s high court that issued her plea regarding her non-selection to the upcoming Tokyo Games for a hearing on August 6.
The Paralympic had requested an urgent hearing arguing that any delay in the high court hearing would render his request for inclusion in the Indian contingent for the games unsuccessful as the last selection date for the Games shooting event Tokyo Paralympics is today.
The shooter said a high court division bench on July 30 sought answers from the Indian Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Center on his appeal against his single judge order who refused to interfere with his non- selection for the Games. .
The High Court had, however, said that PCI’s conduct in selecting another player rather than Sharma was “unworthy of a public sports body” which must maintain a fair, transparent and inclusive approach.