Equestrian selection issue refuses to die

The selection issues in equestrian refuse to die despite the IOA’s final list of entries for the upcoming Asian Games.

The list, released on Tuesday, had four entries in Eventing with no participation in Show Jumping and Dressage. However, Shruti Vora, who participated in Dressage in the 2014 edition, has alleged that the EFI has been arbitrary and discriminatory in its selection, and sought the intervention of IOA president Narinder Batra in the matter.

A copy of Vora’s letter is with
The Hindu.

Batra has now sought a meeting with the Equestrian Federation of India president (Lt. Gen. Ashok Ambre) and secretary-general (Col. RK Swain) on Saturday before arriving at a final decision. However, given that the last date for entries is well past, there is uncertainty on the outcome of the meeting.

Sources said even the Eventing team cleared for the Asian Games might be under scrutiny given that the EFI, in its revised list, only changed one name, dropping three-time medallist Rajesh Pattu.

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