Shankar was approaching the High Court as he was not included in the list of 36 names shortlisted by the federation for the Commonwealth Games.
The AFI’s counsel submitted that an athlete was disqualified from the relay event, giving Shankar a place in the squad.
“We had sent Tejaswin’s name yesterday, but we received a reply from the Commonwealth Games organizers yesterday (Wednesday) night that his name was not accepted,” Sportstar quoted Mehta as saying.
“As per the rules, only an equal replacement is allowed. So if we have withdrawn an athlete in a particular event, the replacement must be in the same event,” he said.
Appearing for the federation, advocate Hrishikesh Barua, who was apprised of the AFI’s decision, asked a bench of Justice Yashwant Verma to immediately inform the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) as well as the Commonwealth Games Authority of Shankar’s selection.
However, the matter was kept pending by the court as it held that the discrepancies in the selection process of AFI deserve further consideration to prevent “national embarrassment” in future.
In the last hearing, the court had recorded that Shankar is the top contender for this year and only two people above him have the better jump in the world. He met only the qualifying marks prescribed by AFI.
The court had said that the federation has been asked to actively consider their participation in the selection meeting.
Shankar, who hails from Delhi, is studying business administration at Kansas State University in the US and has been on a four-year athletics scholarship since 2017.
In the petition, the petitioner argued that the AFI’s decision to drop him from the Commonwealth Games squad was arbitrary, illegal and against the national interest.
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