The top official of the Handball Federation of India (HFI) Anandeshwar Pandey, who is also the treasurer of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), has appealed to the High Court after the Men’s handball were not cleared by the IOA despite finding a name in the draws for the upcoming 2018 Jakarta Asian Games.
Nisheeth Nath Pandey, the joint secretary of the HFI has filed a writ petition at the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on Friday, seeking the assistance of the court to instruct the sports ministry and the IOA to make a clearance of the Men’s team for the Asian Games which begins next month. The team is already included in the Asiad main draw although it finished 12th in the Asian Championships in Korea.
As per the Federation, the Men’s team is ranked 7th among the nations at the Asian Games which makes them an automatic choice for the mega event. But the IOA has not cleared the team and excluded from the 524-member Indian contingent. The Women’s team, on the other hand, has already been given a green light for the Asian Games which begins on August 18.
On the contrary, the HFI has addressed that the IOA is working under pressure from the All India Football Federation (AIFF). The petition filed through HFI’s counsel Akhilesh Kalra stated, “IOA is under pressure from other associations i.e football association, which has a certain clout in the Olympic Association on order to get their team sent, is blocking the participation of the handball team.”
The court proceedings regarding the matter will take place on July 16. After much speculation, the Indian Football Team was scrapped from the Indian contingent for the Asian Games which created a huge uproar from all corners. Not only that, the Equestrian team was also cancelled after a probable set of athletes were selected a few days before.