Vinod Kumar relieved to get Dronacharya after HC intervention

PTI
Published Aug 29, 2015, 7:02 pm IST
Updated Mar 28, 2019, 12:52 am IST
‘It is further relevant to mention the lacklustre attitude displayed by respondents,’ the court said
The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) had sacked Vinod Kumar as the chief national coach in May 2015 after his performance as mentor was found to be inadequate during the Doha Asian Championship in April. (Photo: AP/Representational image)
 The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) had sacked Vinod Kumar as the chief national coach in May 2015 after his performance as mentor was found to be inadequate during the Doha Asian Championship in April. (Photo: AP/Representational image)

New Delhi: Former chief national wrestling coach Vinod Kumar on Friday expressed relief and contentment over Delhi High Court's directive to the Centre to confer Dronacharya award to him.

The High Court allowed the plea of Kumar, who had filed a petition in the court on August 18 against the Dronacharya award selection committee for ignoring him for the prestigious honour.

 

"I have just got the court order. I am extremely happy and relieved that my plea was accepted by the court. I am glad that the court could see my achievements and directed the Centre to confer me with the award on Saturday," Kumar told PTI.

The annual National Sports award ceremony is scheduled to be held on Saturday at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. "I am really happy at the timely intervention of the court. It feels nice when one gets the respect one deserves," Kumar said.

On August 14th, the Dronacharya award selection committee recommended another wrestling coach Anoop Singh Dahiya's name for the honour, overlooking the achievements of Kumar, who was the chief national men's team coach from November 2010 to April 2015.

 

Kumar had argued that he had earned more points (approximately 420) for his achievements with his wards at the international tournaments than Anoop (around 375 points). He said that there was a view that his sacking as the national coach in May this year was the reason behind his name not being considered.

"But how does my sacking in May this year have any anything to do with my work in the last three years – from the period of 2012 to 2015?" Kumar asked.

The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) had sacked Vinod as the chief national coach in May 2015 after his performance as mentor was found to be inadequate during the Doha Asian Championship in April. But WFI and London Olympic bronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt had recommended Kumar's name for the prestigious award to the Dronacharya awards committee, who had subsequently rejected it.

 

The court had earlier directed the Centre to give Kumar the award. "The award shall be given to the petitioner Vinod Kumar," Justice VP Vaish said.

"At this juncture, it is further relevant to mention the lacklustre attitude displayed by the respondents. This court has received the records pertaining to the nominees of the Dronacharya award 2015. The record has not been maintained properly.”

"It is a bunch of loose papers and it doesn't seem to be complete. It is surprising to see the attitude at display on behalf of respondents in connection to such a prestigious award," the court said.

 

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