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On Wednesday, Athletics Federation of India made the statement in the Delhi High Court, informing Justice Yashwant Varma that the change had been following Rajiv’s disqualification and was directed by the court to forward the name to the Indian Olympic Association, also a party in the case filed by Tejaswin challenging his exclusion despite achieving the qualifying mark set by the AFI.
"We have requested the Indian Olympic Association to replace Arokia Rajiv, who withdrew from the National Inter-State Athletics Championships due to illness, with Tejaswin Shankar," AFI President Adille J. Sumariwalla said.
"We continue to request IOA to increase the quota for athletics so that others who have met the qualifying standards can also compete in CWG."
Taking to Twitter, Shankar said: ”Big Thanks to the twitter fam. Last 3 weeks have been a sleepless roller coaster & to finally get an opportunity to rep India at CWG 2022 is nothing short of a blessing. I have received lots of love but my heart goes out to mates who were equally deserving & missed.”
Shankar’s counsel Malak Bhatt told Sportstar, “The AFI made a statement that Arokia Rajiv (4x400m relay) has been disqualified and Tejaswin Shankar has been included in the 36-member contingent. The Court has directed AFI to send the same forthwith to the IOA and the IOA has been directed to immediately reach out to CWG authorities and intimate about Tejaswin’s inclusion.”
But it remains to be seen what the next step is as Shankar’s inclusion is still subject to approval from the CWG committee which had set June 29 as the last date of submission, as per a report on Firstpost.
Shankar, the national record holder, had taken the AFI to court after the athletics body left him out of the CWG squad despite making the cut-off mark set by the federation.