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CWG organisers reject Tejaswin Shankar's late inclusion, claim replacement allowed among athletes in same event

Delhi HC had directed the AFI to replace Arokia Rajiv, who withdrew from the National Inter-State Athletics Championships due to illness, with Tejaswin Shankar.

Aakash SrivastavaAuthor

Updated - 08 July 2022 04:25 PM

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In a shocking turn of events, high jumper Tejaswin Shankar has not been included in the list of Indian athletes going to the Commonwealth Games after the CWG working committee denied the request to add his name as a replacement for quarter-miler Arokia Rajiv. Earlier, Delhi High Court gave his verdict against Shankar's exclusion from the Indian athlete's team after the Birmingham CWG organisers rejected his late entry.

The CWG organisers have conveyed Indian Olympic Association (IOA) that the replacement is only permitted for the same event, in which the original athlete was entered. In response to IOA's letter, the Games organisers said that 'LAR is not a tool for replacement based on team selection.' The letter from Commonwealth Games Federation read, "CGF in consultation with the relevant International Federation and CGF Medical Commissioner (when deemed appropriate by the CGF), may approve a permanent replacement of an athlete by another eligible athlete only in the same sport and discipline on extraordinary circumstances (eg medical, Anti-Doping rule violations and appeals)."

“The CGF in consultation with the relevant International Federation and CGF Medical Commission (when deemed appropriate by the CGF), may approve a permanent replacement of an athlete by another eligible athlete only in the same sport and discipline and event(s) where there are extenuating/extraordinary circumstances (e.g., medical circumstances, Anti-Doping rule violations and appeals) that may prevent the participation of an athlete in Birmingham 2022," the letter from the CWG organisers said.

CGF further stated that this current case falls under a disqualification rather than Medical circumstances, the request will not be approved. Earlier, AFI informed the Delhi HC that national record holder Shankar has been included in the Indian athletics squad for the July 28 to August 8 quadrennial event in place of 4x400m relay team member Arokia Rajiv, who was named in the original 36-member squad.

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