For the first time since the introduction of Kabaddi in Asian Games since 1990, India (men’s as well women’s team) has not won a single gold medal. Both the teams were beaten by Iran.
This led to questions on selection of the squad. A plea was registered by former Indian player Mahipal Singh against Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India (AKFI).
This has led a historic Kabaddi match which will be monitored by Delhi High Court. The match will take place on September 15. It will be played between the team selected for Asian Games and the players who were not picked but are present in the national camp.
Delhi High Court Justice (retired) SP Garg will oversee the selection process. Justice Garg was appointed by the bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice VK Rao.
Advocate BS Nagar talked on behalf of the petitioner about the new selection process. He told, Indian Express,
“The game will be between the men and women players who represented India at the Asian Games and those who were not picked. They will be from those who attended the national camp. It (the order) doesn’t say that the people who were part of the Asian Games team have to compulsorily participate, but it is left to the good conscience of the players.”
Nagar also feels that the players might try to avoid the historic match, he further added,
“On August 31, the players said that this upcoming match is affecting their reputation and that they are injured and what not. They were trying to delay it (the match), saying that it isn’t their fault anyway. They (the Asian Games teams) are afraid that the unknowns might beat them.”
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Hopefully, the match will ascertain if the selection process was fixed or not.