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SAI takes cognisance on non-selection of equestrian players for Asiad

Sports Authority of India has asked EFI to take immediate action in the non-selection of Equestrian players for the Asian Games.

SAI takes cognisance on non-selection of equestrian players for Asiad
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Chirag Khandal and his horse 'Veni vidi vici' (Supplied)

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PTI

Updated: 19 May 2023 4:56 PM GMT

The Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Friday took cognizance of the non-selection of Fouaad Mirza, Chirag Khandal, and Shashank Singh Kataria in the Asian Games long list after the intervention of the country's top court.

SAI officials, including Shiv Sharma, Deputy Director General (DDG) on Friday interacted with Mirza, Khandal, and Kataria virtually regarding their grievances on non-selection in the long list for the upcoming Asian Games to be held in September-October in Hangzhou.

According to an SAI statement, while Khandal has informed SAI that the Hon'ble Supreme Court had directed the Equestrian Federation of India (EFI) to include his name in the Asian Games long list, Tokyo Olympian Mirza and Katariya, on their behalf, have requested their inclusion in the Asian Games long list.

They have also demanded a fair and transparent selection process. "SAI has taken cognizance of the matter and informed EFI to take a suitable decision on the same as soon as possible," SAI said in the statement.

The Delhi High Court in March had also criticized the beleaguered Equestrian Federation of India (EFI) for an unfair selection process for the upcoming Hangzhou Asian Games.

The court had ordered the EFI to allow all athletes who participated in selection trials, either in 2021–2022 or 2022–2023, to be selected as probable and attend coaching camps in Europe.

The EFI had earlier neglected the minimum eligibility requirement which led the players to move the court.

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