Karnataka HC notice to Sports Ministry on ‘age fraud’ in badminton

The High Court of Karnataka on Friday ordered issue of notice to the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and others on a petition filed by 37 parents complaining that “age fraud” is rampant in badminton as many junior players were registered in a particular age group by their parents by furnishing false date of birth.

Justice B. Veerappa passed the order on the petition filed by Nilesh G. Prabhu and 36 others.

“There have been a spurt of incidents where overambitious parents have indulged in acts of tampering with the date of birth of their child/children with unscrupulous intentions of their child gaining unfair advantage over those who are of the right age,” the petitioners claimed while pointing out that many players were playing in under-age groups owing to false date of birth given by their parents.

The petitioners have sought directions to the Badminton Association of India (BAI) and other authorities to examine the representations given by them citing several instance of age falsification and to take corrective measures.

The Sports Integrity Unit of the Central Bureau of Investigation had investigated complaints of age fraud against some badminton players and had said in a confidential report submitted to the BAI in 2016 that four junior badminton players had altered their age records to compete in tournaments by underquoting their age, it has been stated in the petition.

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