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The Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed writ petitions challenging the expulsion of Indian table tennis players Manosh Shah and Swastika Ghosh from the Commonwealth Games squad. Shah and Ghosh had approached the court after the Committee of Administrators (CoA), which runs the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI), expelled them from the final CWG squad announced earlier this month. Manush’s father Utpal told PTI, “I was told by our lawyer that our case has been dismissed.
The selectors did not include Manosh in the men’s team even though he was in the top four as per the criteria set by the CoA. In the men’s squad, veterans Sharth Kamal, G Sathiyan, Harmeet Desai, Sanil Shetty and Manosh were on standby.
The 19-year-old Swastika was nominated as a standby with a revised women’s squad of Manika Batra, Chatale, Reth Russia and Sreeja Akola.
Archana Kamath, the 66th highest ranked Indian player after Manika Batra (39th), had also approached the court after being dropped from the Indian team for the upcoming Commonwealth Games. His case is set to be heard in the Karnataka High Court on June 22.
Archana was initially included in the squad as an ‘exception’ because she did not meet the selection criteria set by the TTFI, but was abruptly dropped by the CoA and replaced by Diya Chatala. Was
Interestingly, Chatale also turned to the court after being initially dropped from the squad.
The CWG is scheduled to take place in Birmingham from 28 July to 8 August.
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