Delhi HC directs the Athletics Federation to consider High Jumper Tejaswin Shankar’s request to be considered for Commonwealth Games

On Wednesday, the Delhi High Court directed the Selection Committee of AFI (Athletics Federation of India) to consider Tejaswin Shankar’s request to be sent to the CWG (Common Wealth Games). 

It should be noted that Shankar is a national high jump record holder. 

The Single Judge Bench of Justice Jasmeet Singh directed the committee to consider Shankar’s request on merits and the fact that he skipped the inter-state championships should not be the sole criteria to reject the candidature.

The court made these observations while hearing a plea filed by Shankar challenging his exclusion from the upcoming CWG games.

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Before the court, Shankar’s counsel submitted that his exclusion from CWG was a result of Shankar not participating in the State championships. 

It was contended that Shankar should be included in the squad after he made a qualifying jump of 2.27 metres at the NCAA championship.

It was also submitted on behalf of Shankar that he sought exemption from participating in state championships by sending a message to the national coach and pointing out that he would be the third-highest jumper participating at the CWG.

After hearing the submissions, the court posted the case on June 24.

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