Delhi High Court Justice (retired) SP Garg on Saturday will oversee and a kabaddi selection match between players who represented India at the Asian Games and those who did not, the Indian Express reported.
Garg has been appointed as observer by a bench comprising of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice VK Rao. The court had last month asked the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India to hold the selection match while hearing a plea by former India player Mahipal Singh who has alleged wrongdoing in the selection process of both the men and women’s squads.
The game will be held between the men and women players who represented India at the Asian Games and those who were ignored from selection. All of these players were part of the national camp held before the final teams were picked.
There is a possibility most players who played the Asiad might skip the match. Most of the players are worried that the game might affect their reputation and could lead to injury.
Mahipal had approached the High Court after the kabaddi teams were announced for the Asian Games. He alleged that the selection process wasn’t conducted fairly, stating that officials were offered bribes to pick certain players.
The court, however, decided to hold the process following the conclusion of the Asian Games in a bid to check the veracity of Mahipal’s allegations.
The Indian men’s team settled for bronze at the Asian Games after losing to Iran in the semi-finals, marking the first time the team failed to win gold at the Asian tourney. Meanwhile, the women’s team lost in the final to Iran and came away from the tournament with a silver.