All India Karate-Do Federation (AIKF) and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) are once again face to face before the Bombay High Court with regard to the on-going National Games at Guwahati after the players of the former were not approved to participate.
A division bench of Justice JN Patel and Justice RS Mohite has asked the IOA to consider the players which are members of the AIKF and have won medals at national and international levels.
AIKF approached the Bombay High Court challenging the move of IOA which has not selected any of its members to participate in the National Games at Guwahati. The IOA is the monitoring the authority for selection of players for the games at national and international level.
National Games which started on February 9 will go till the February 19. The competition for Karate will take place from February 15 to February 19. For the games the IOA had approved 96 participants from all over the country who were affiliated with federations which were recognized by the IOA.
JP Cama and Mahesh Londhe, lawyers for AIKF argued that their players have won medals at national and international level and still the IOA has not approved any of its members for the National Games.
Hitesh Jain and Subhash Jadhav, lawyers for IOA argued that AIKF is not recognized body as per its (IOA) guidelines. Hence they have not approved their players. For players to be selected, they have to be members of federations which are approved by the IOA.
The court has asked the IOA to consider the AIKF players who have won medals and permit them to participate them after checking their testimonies. The matter will come for hearing after two weeks.