Plea by bodybuilders leads to Delhi High Court serving notice on CRPF
New Delhi, May 22 (IANS): The Delhi High Court Thursday issued notice to the central government and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on a plea filed by the bodybuilding team of the paramilitary force against the decision to disband them.
Justice Reva Khetrapal and Justice Pratibha Rani sought response from the home ministry and the CRPF and posted the matter for Sep 23.
On May 16, the CRPF disbanded its bodybuilding team saying that the sport did not come under 'All India Sport' category.
The aggrieved bodybuilders, many of whom are reigning and former national and international medal holders, moved the high court for direction to allow them to participate in various bodybuilding competitions as part of the CRPF team.
The players have contended that they were selected in the CRPF under the sport quota, which meant they were only to participate in bodybuilding championships, the plea said.
The CRPF notification disbanded its body building and rugby team and dispatched all the players of the two sports to their respective units to perform normal duties.
The players, however, contended that it was factually incorrect as bodybuilding was duly recognized by the sports ministry, the Sports Authority of India and the Indian Olympic Association.