The Delhi Excessive Court docket has reserved its order on the petitions moved by wrestlers Antim Panghal and Sujeet Kalkal over exemptions given to Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat for the Asian Video games trials. Punia and Phogat, two adorned wrestlers, got a direct entry into the Asian Video games by the IOA appointed ad-hoc panel for the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI).
The bench, presided by Justice Subramonium Prasad, on Friday mentioned the court docket will pronounce the judgement on Saturday with the Asian Video games trials scheduled for 22-23 July.
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Whereas reserving the order, the bench clarified that its focus is on whether or not due course of and process has been adopted or not. It added that the query of who’s a greater wrestler and extra appropriate to go to the Asian Video games is out of its focus.
The exemptions to the duo promoted a protest by junior grapplers and their households. Panghal and Kalkal had filed a joint petition on Wednesday and requested for the ad-hoc panel’s directive be quashed with neither wrestlers getting exemption.
Antim Panghal had questioned the exemption given to Punia and Phogat by the ad-hoc panel.
“Vinesh Phogat has acquired a direct entry for the Asian Video games, when she had not accomplished any apply within the final one yr. She doesn’t have any achievement within the final one yr,” Panghal mentioned in a video.
“Final yr, within the Junior World Championships, I had gained a gold medal and have become the primary girl wrestler from India to realize this feat. Within the 2023 Asian Championships I gained a silver medal, however Vinesh has no achievement to point out within the final one yr. She was additionally injured.”
“Sakshi Malik has additionally gained an Olympic medal, she too shouldn’t be being despatched. What’s so particular about Vinesh that she is being despatched. Simply organise trials. I’m not saying that I’m the one one who can beat Vinesh. There are a number of different ladies who can beat her,” mentioned Panghal.
Reigning U-23 Asian champion Sujeet Kalkal additionally slammed the choice and made a case for himself.
“I had wrestled with Bajrang a yr again through the (Birmingham) Commonwealth Video games trials, which was very shut. Throughout the trials, Bajrang was handed a direct semifinals entry and we needed to contest all of the bouts,” Kalkal, the reigning senior nationwide champion and final yr’s Junior Asian gold medallist, mentioned.
“For the World Championships too (in 2022), Bajrang was given entry to compete with out trials. The American wrestler (Yianni Diakomihalis) in opposition to whom Bajrang misplaced 0-10, I’ve overwhelmed him the World Rating collection 8-2.”
As per the WFI rulebook, reigning Olympic and World Champions medallists will be exempted from trials.