Supreme Court directs PCI to recommend Naresh Kumar Sharma for Tokyo Paralympics

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has ordered the induction of Paralympic shooter Naresh Kumar Sharma into the Indian squad for the Tokyo Paralympics immediately. The court asked that Naresh Kumar Sharma's name be sent as an additional player. Sharma had challenged the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) decision in the apex court.

Sharma had said that the selection process of the PCI was not fair and transparent and the committee has a biased attitude towards the petitioner. The Supreme Court has asked the Central government to file a compensation report to send Naresh Kumar's name to Paralympics by Tuesday. On this, the Central Government said that the Central Government has no role in sending names for the Paralympics, the name is sent by the Para Olympic Committee. No one appeared on behalf of the Paralympic Committee during the hearing. Earlier on Monday, Naresh Sharma had urged the Supreme Court to hear the case at the earliest.

Senior advocate Vikas Singh, on behalf of the shooter, told the bench that his plea for inclusion in the Indian contingent for the Games will not make sense due to delay in hearing before the Delhi High Court as the last date for selection for participating in the shooting competition at Tokyo Paralympics is August 2. The Paralympic shooter had challenged the Delhi High Court order that it had posted on August 6 for hearing a petition against not selecting him for Tokyo Olympics.

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