Swastika Ghosh Becomes 3rd Player to Approach HC Over Exclusion from India’s Table Tennis Squad

Indian table tennis player Swastika Ghosh

Indian table tennis player Swastika Ghosh

Sandeep Ghosh, father and coach of the swastika, said they have filed a petition at HC Delhi and the matter is scheduled to be heard on Friday.

  • Last updated: June 10, 2022 at 11:24 am Indochina time

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Indian table tennis player Swastika Ghost on Thursday applied to the Delhi High Court over not being included in the Indian squad for the upcoming Commonwealth Games. She is now the third Indian player to seek HC’s involvement in the matter after Dia Shetali and Manush Shah.

As reported by PTI news agency, Sandeep Ghosh, father and coach of the swastika, said they have filed a court petition in Delhi HC and the matter is set to be heard on Friday.

“She’s number four by the selection criteria and she should be on the team,” Sandeep Ghosh was quoted as saying.

Swastika has been named a reserve with the revised squad which includes Manika Batra, Reeth Rishya, Sreeja Akula and Chitale. On the other hand, Manosh is on standby with the men’s squad. Comprised of Charath Kamal, Ji Satyan, Harmeet Desai, and Sunil Shetty.

Earlier, Chitale was included in the team at the expense of Archana Kamath but the selectors did not include Manush, who was also in the top four by standards, in the men’s team when the panel of officials running TTFI announced the final squad on Tuesday. Manouche’s case will also be heard on Friday.

Selection criteria in focus

The selection criteria, affecting domestic performance (50 per cent), international performance (30 per cent) and selective discretion (20 per cent), have attracted a lot of attention as players take to the court for “justice”.

The CoA made it 40-40-20 as of next season, with a player ranked in the top 32 earning an automatic entry.

A former Indian player, who asked not to be named, said a selection criterion should be established for major events such as the Olympics and Commonwealth Games.

“The selection criteria serve as a guiding light for the player. With the criteria in place, he or she knows what to do to join the Indian team. But with some players falling into a category above the rest, it can be relaxed.

“According to current standards, a lot of importance is given to local events which makes sense as not all players can afford to play in international events regularly. Secondly, there are restrictions on the number of participations as well as in international matches.”

(with PTI input)

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