Application moved by Arundhati to implead Lovlina

Last week, the Delhi High Court issued a notice to the BFI over a petition filed by boxer Arundhati seeking her selection in the 70kg category for the upcoming World women's boxing championships.

Lovlina Borgohain has been given a direct entry for world championships by virtue of winning a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics.   -  Getty Images

Boxer Arundhati Choudhary on Monday moved an application through her lawyer Sandeep Lamba to 'implead' Olympic bronze medallist Lovlina Borgohain in the case in which she sought her selection in the Indian team for the World women’s championships in Turkey.

It may be noted that the International Boxing Association (AIBA) has postponed the World women’s boxing championships to March 2022.

Last week, the Delhi High Court issued a notice to the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) over a petition filed by boxer Arundhati seeking her selection in the 70kg category for the championships in Istanbul next month.

The court also issued notices to the Union Sports Ministry and the Sports Authority of India (SAI) over the issue, said advocate Lamba. The case will be heard next on November 22.

One-time exception

In a statement, BFI said the decision to make a one-time exception and select Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Lovlina Borgohain directly for the World championships was taken to give her time to “recuperate” after the Olympics.

It was communicated to all State associations much before the National championships at Hisar, BFI informed the court through its advocates Hrishikesh Baruah and Parth Goswami.

BFI said it has nothing against the petitioner (Arundhati) and has included her as a reserve player.

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