Commonwealth Games Federation allows high jumper Tejaswin Shankar to compete in Birmingham
Tejaswin had approached the Delhi High Court after not getting a place in the Indian team
Apart from Tejaswin, sprinter MV Jilna was also approved to be included in the Indian team.
New Delhi. On the request of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) on Friday allowed high jumper Tejaswin Shankar to participate in the upcoming Birmingham Games. For the last one month, there was doubt about his participation. The organizers had initially rejected Tejaswin’s late application for participation. The IOA has now received approval from the CGF and the organizers of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games for their entry. This was confirmed after the Representative Registration Meeting (DRM).
Tejaswin, 23, had approached the Delhi High Court after not getting a place in the Indian team. According to a statement issued from the IOA, ‘Tejaswin Shankar’s entry has been approved by the CGF and has been accepted by the Sports Admissions Department of Commonwealth Games Birmingham 2022 during DRM.’ Tejaswin said, ‘I have no words to express, whether I am happy or sad, I cannot say anything. It has been a time full of emotions. I still cannot believe that I have got the green signal to participate in the Commonwealth Games.
He said, ‘I can’t tell whether I am surprised or shocked. The ‘yes’ and ‘no’ kept going on regarding my case and this happened 5-6 times. That’s why it is difficult to believe it. Apart from Tejaswin, runner MV Jilna has also been approved to be included in the Indian team. This member of the 4x100m relay team was first included in the team by the Athletics Federation of India as the 37th member but the IOA did not approve more than 36 players.
AFI officials had earlier told ‘PTI’ that Jilna would be included in the team in place of Sekar Dhanalakshmi. Dhanalakshmi was to compete in the 100m race besides the 4x100m relay team but she has failed the dope test. Earlier, the organizers of the Commonwealth Games informed the IOA that last-minute replacements (LARs) are allowed to compete in the same event from which the athlete is withdrawn (in this case the 4x400m relay).
The organizers of the Commonwealth Games, in response to the IOA’s letter of request, said that LAR cannot be used to replace players on the basis of team selection. According to a letter from the Commonwealth Games organisers, ‘the CGF may, after consultation with the concerned International Federation and the CGF Medical Commission (when the CGF deems it appropriate), sanction any other eligible athlete to compete in a single sport, in exceptional circumstances. have arisen (such as medical conditions, anti-doping rule violations and appeals) that prevent the athlete from participating in Birmingham 2022.’
It said, ‘…but unfortunately the issue is of ‘disqualification’ rather than medical conditions, so this request will not be granted.’
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 23, 2022