first_imgThe court said it was due to Yadavs bronze medal in theThe court said it was due to Yadavs bronze medal in the World Wrestling Championship in 2015 that India got a berth in the 74 kg freestyle category.”In the present instance, respondent no.5 (Yadav) after winning a bronze medal in World Championship September 2015 is being given meticulous training by the concerned authority so that he is best prepared to represent the country in the Olympics,” it said.The court termed as “unfortunate” that 66 kg category was abolished in January 2014 and Sushil was forced to play in 74 kg weight category but noted that Sushil has not won any major national or international tournament since September 2014.It said WFI had conducted a fair selection trial prior to World Wrestling Championship 2015, the qualification event, to ensure that the best athlete represents India so that there was a chance to secure a berth in the Olympics.The court said the decision regarding who should represent the country in “a sporting event is best left to the experts i.e. the concerned national sports federation”.”Power and responsibility go hand in hand. The National Sports Federation cannot be held responsible for performance of its athletes, if it does not have power to select them according to a flexible procedure as long as the same is fair, transparent, reasonable and consistent,” it said.”Keeping in view the aforesaid, this court is of the view that a writ court will not interfere in the exercise of discretion of National Sports Federation and substitute its own judgment except where the discretion is shown to have been exercised in an arbitrary or capricious or perverse manner or contrary to settled principles or practices,” it said.advertisementThe court noted that initially no allegation of bias or prejudice was made against WFI in the plea and later Sushil, in his rejoinder, had alleged that the federation has targeted him for not participating in Pro-Wrestling League.It, however, said that the allegation, in the absence of any contemporaneous document, “inspires no confidence”.Referring to the National Sports Development Code, 2011, the court held that it “does not restrict or impinge upon the autonomy or discretion of the National Sports Federations to select athletes/wrestlers to represent India in international sporting events.” PTI ABA HMP ARClast_img read more