After the Hindustan Times highlighted grave discrepancies in the team selection for the Qatar Junior Squash Championships, which got under way on Saturday, the Squash Racquet Federation of India (SRFI) has replaced "overage" player Karan Malik with Ramit Tandon in the 'draws' posted on the Championships' website.
Two days back HT reported that the SRFI had chosen a team for the prestigious competition flouting all Sports Ministry norms of organising selection trials and selected an overage player --- Malik --- for the event.
However, the SRFI again didn't organise a trial before selecting Tandon on April 2. What is all the more shocking is that the SRFI had given in writing to the Delhi High Court that Tandon had declined the offer for the Qatar tournament because of exams and that is why Malik was chosen.
The inclusion of Tandon has raised quite a few eyebrows in the squash circles, as he is not conditioned considering he has been preparing for exams. Going by performance, U-17 No. 5 Ashray Ohri from Mayo College should have been included as number 1 and 3 seeds are overage and the 2nd and 4th seeds had declined, but he is completely unaware of the unfolding events and his position as a frontrunner for selection.
"My son is unaware of all these developments," said Ashray Ohri's father, Ashwin, from Darjeeling. "This is not jut unfair but also demoralising for my son.
The SRFI should remember that they are representatives of the country," said an agitated Ashwin on phone. Just two days back, U-15 player Divij Singh's father, Vijay, had echoed similar sentiments and gone to the Delhi High Court seeking justice for his son.