Judge Rekha Palli noted that there is currently no national taekwondo sports federation and believes that the sport is suffering and that true taekwondo athletes have no chance to represent the country
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has directed the executive committee of the Indian Taekwondo Federation to conduct fresh elections and said it expects the centre to take swift steps to subsequently designate a suitable federation as the sport’s national sports federation.
Judge Rekha Palli noted that there is currently no national taekwondo sports federation and believes that the sport is suffering and true taekwondo athletes have no chance to represent the country.
After hearing petitions from two taekwondo athletes, the judge appointed a retired high court judge as court commissioner and electoral officer to hold the elections for the executive committee of the Indian Taekwondo Federation, and ordered that the elections should preferably be held within two months.
It can be seen that the domestic taekwondo movement is suffering, and the real taekwondo players have no chance to represent the country. Therefore, it is in the interest of the sport to guide the new election of the Executive Committee of the Indian Taekwondo Federation to enable the Indian Federation to take swift steps to recognize a suitable federation as the National Sports Taekwondo Federation, the court said in its April 28 statement. said in the order.
It added that once the Indian Taekwondo Federation elections are held under the order, the first respondent is expected to take swift steps to identify the appropriate federation as the national sports federation for the sport of taekwondo.
The court also said that in order to safeguard the interests of athletes, it is necessary to issue an order to ensure that athletes who will represent the country in international taekwondo events are selected before then, and directed the Sports Authority of India to make the selection in a timely manner through consultation. One of the three well-known players mentioned in the order.
The court noted that there is no national taekwondo sports federation and the Indian Taekwondo Association – an unregistered body that claims to be recognized by the world taekwondo – has been selecting players mainly for different international events.
While the petitioners claimed that Taekwondo India’s attempt to select players was wrong, the allegation was denied by the agency.
The court ordered Rs 500,000 to be paid to the Commissioner and Electoral Officer of the Court in addition to secretarial fees as an honorarium and the process will be conducted under the Electoral College.
The court said that the World Taekwondo Association is expected to take into account the instructions issued in the order while inviting Indian athletes/teams to international competitions.
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