Finally, after winning the legal battle at Delhi High Court on Monday, the national tennis champion 16-year-old Parul Gupta will be representing the country at the Deaflympics to be held at Bulgaria from July 26 to August 4.
Parul's dream of donning the national colours had suffered a blow when despite having her name in the final list issued by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) she was dropped from the squad at the trials held at Indira Gandhi Stadium Delhi last month on grounds of fund crunch.
Parul had won a gold medal in the singles and team events at the National Games of Deaf held at Aurangabad in April and by virtue of which was almost certain for the squad.
Her father Avinash Gupta challenged the decision in court which ruled in his daughters favour.
"According to the guidelines laid by International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) a team of 4+2 constitutes the squad from a country.
However, SAI authorities said they would take on only two players for the tournament as there was an acute shortage of funds," Gupta said. But in court SAI sang a different tune and said that while they had adequate funds, Parul was dropped because of poor performance.
"The SAI authorities told the court that Parul had performed poorly at the trials and that was the reason to drop her name," Gupta said. But now with all sorted out and despite missing the national camp held in Delhi from July 10 to 20, Parul is now all geared up for her maiden International tournament.