Boat racing team set to be added to India’s Asian Games contingent

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NEW DELHI, July 31: Denied entry by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), a favourable Delhi High Court order has now paved the way for India’s traditional boat racing contingent to take part in the Asian Games in Indonesia beginning August 18.
Abhay Singh, one of the athletes in the boat racing squad, had filed a petition in the Delhi High Court against the IOA’s decision to not send a team of the water sport at the Games as it did not meet the eligibility criteria.
He had sought High Court’s intervention in the matter after the team returned home with a silver and bronze at an Asian level tournament.
On Monday, the High Court ruled the matter in the petitioner’s favour and “directed the IOA to consider the case of the petitioner and team and take all steps to accredit the team to represent India in traditional boat racing”.
IOA’s secretary general Rajeev Mehta confirmed sending the entries to Games Organisers following the High Court order. “We have sent the entries. Now it remains to be seen if the organisers accept those,” Mehta said.
Prashant Kushwaha, secretary at the Indian Kayaking and Canoeing Association, said that two teams comprising 16 men and 16 women were supposed to take part in the competition to be held in Palembang. (PTI)