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Delhi High Court rejects petitions of table tennis players Manush, Swastika -by Ecork

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Indian table tennis players Manush Shah and Swastika Ghosh books challenging their disqualification from the National Games team were acquitted on Monday by the Delhi High Court. Shah and Ghosh have approached the court after a panel of Supervisors (CoA), operating the Confederation of Tennis Federation of India (TTFI), removed them from the final CWG team announced earlier this month. “Our lawyer told me that our case has been dropped,” Manush Utpal’s father told PTI.

The choices do not include Manush in the men’s group although he is in the top four according to the requirements set by CoA. The men’s team includes veteran Shaath Kamal, G Sathiyan, Harmeet Desai, Sanil Shetty, with Manush on standby.

Swastika, 19, is named as a standout with a group of women who also perform with Manika Batra, Chitale, Reeth Rishya and Sreeja Akula.

Archana Kamath, India’s second-highest scorer at 66th after Manika Batra (39th), has even been sued after leaving the Indian team for the upcoming World Cup. His trial is set to begin on May 22 at the Karnataka High Court.

Archana was initially in the group as ‘excluded’ because it did not meet the selection requirements set by TTFI, but CoA suddenly dropped and Diya Chitale was brought in in her place.

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Interestingly, Chitale has also moved to court after first withdrawing from the group.

The CWG is scheduled to take place in Birmingham from July 28 to August 8.

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