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'Include Shooter Naresh Kumar in Tokyo Paralympics: Supreme Court to Paralympic Committee of India

Lawstreet Journal 5 Aug 2021 8:47pm

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The Supreme Court of India on August 2, Monday instructed the Paralympic Committee of India to nominate Naresh Kumar Sharma as an extra contestant in the Tokyo Paralympic Games, which came as a massive relief to the five-time Paralympian shooter.

Previously on August 2, senior advocate Vikas Singh, representing the petitioner, brought the case before a bench led by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana and requested an urgent hearing, citing the fact that the deadline for shortlisting for the Tokyo Paralympics is August 2, and if the case is decided on August 6, as timetabled by the Delhi High Court, the plea will be rendered infructuous.

Later that afternoon, Justices A.M. Khanwilkar, B.R. Gavai, and Krishna Murari convened a bench to hear the case. The bench ordered the board to suggest Sharma's profile as an extra candidate or participation in the 50 m para shooter category of the Paralympics as soon as possible after hearing the submissions.

Sharma had protested his disqualification from the international tournament for physically challenged athletes in the Delhi High Court with advocate Satyam Singh. The high court noted that the committee's judgment was arbitrary, but it did not issue urgent instructions for his placement on the list.

The high court ordered the Sports Authority of India and the Union Ministry of Youth and Sport Affairs to investigate his non-selection after hearing his case on August 6.

Sharma filed a petition before the Supreme Court, represented by lawyers Varun Singh and Nitin Saluja, contesting the high court's… Continue Reading...

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