The Haryana Staff Selection Commission (HSSC) informed the Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday that it has withdrawn the earlier advertisement for filling 45 posts of junior coach for "kho kho-kabaddi" and would re-advertise the same posts in kho-kho and kabaddi disciplines separately within two months.
The commission had advertised the vacancies of junior coaches in July 2013 and the interviews for these posts were scheduled for January 6 that had now been cancelled by the commission after the selection procedure was challenged in the high court.
The decision has come as a relief to a large number of candidates who had undergone one-year coaching diploma course either in kho-kho or in kabaddi from the Sports Authority of India (SAI) after the academic session-2008 and were earlier declared ineligible for the posts by the commission.
The information was submitted during the resumed hearing of a petition filed by 28 candidates from Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh who were declared ineligible for the posts by the commission as they did not possess one-year combined coaching diploma in "kho kho-kabaddi", which SAI used to conduct before 2008.
The petitioners had submitted that as after the academic year-2008, SAI had started two separate courses for kho-kho and kabaddi, it was not possible for them to pursue both the courses at the same time and the commission should consider their candidature for the advertised vacancies separately.
Some of the petitioners were already employed by the state sports department on the post of ground manager-cum-coach in various district sports councils' offices.
Considering the stand taken by the commission in addressing the petitioners' grievance, the vacation bench headed by justice Jaswant Singh disposed of the petition.