Five-time Paralympic scorer Naresh Kumar Sharma has moved Delhi’s Supreme Court for lack of choice for the upcoming Tokyo Games.
Sharma, who has been awarded the Arjuna and Rajiv Gandhi State Sports Prize, claims that the selection committee, the Indian Paralympic Committee (PCI), deliberately and arbitrarily ignored his name for the Paralympic Games, even though he met all the eligibility criteria. including achieving a minimum qualification result.
A request seeking direction from the PCI to include Sharma’s name in the list of selected shooters for the R7 event will be heard by Judge Reha Pali on July 22.
In a petition filed by lawyers Sushant Singh and Amit Kumar Sharma, he argued that the selection process was not fair and transparent and that the commission was biased against him.
The PCI Selection Committee arbitrarily and recklessly chose Deepak to participate in the Tokyo Paralympic Games in 2020 at the R7 event instead of the competent and deserving Naresh, the petition reads.
In addition, the selection process is alleged to be in breach of India’s 2011 National Sports Development Code, which requires a reasonable and dignified selection of players to represent India at major international events.
If the court refuses to intervene with an “arbitrary, discriminatory and capricious choice”, it is alleged that Sharma’s legitimate opportunity to participate in the Paralympic Games in Tokyo and therefore bring laurels to the country