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Delhi High Court seeks response from Volleyball Federation of India, its Secretary General on not inviting Delhi Volleyball Association for junior national championships

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The Delhi High Court has issued notice to the Volleyball Federation of India and its Secretary General seeking a response as to why no formal invitation was extended to the Delhi Volleyball Association for the forthcoming 47th Junior National Volleyball championship.

The counsel appearing for the federation contended that the Delhi Volleyball Association instead of approaching Delhi High Court should have approached the IO under dispute resolution mechanism. Further, the petition does not state as to how Delhi High Court has jurisdiction to entertain the present petition when the federation is in Chennai and the championship is going to be held in West Bengal.

The single-judge bench of Justice Rekha Palli noted that the submissions made by the counsel for the federation are unreasonable and thus form no excuse for the federation to get away from the issue involved in the present matter.

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Delhi Volleyball Association is a registered society formed under Societies Registration Act, 1860, promoting, regulating and controlling the game of volleyball and also the only body recognized by the Indian Olympic Association and Volleyball federation of India administering the sport of volleyball in Delhi.

The petitioner contended that Volleyball Federation on 12.11.2021 announced 47th Junior National Volleyball Championship which is to be held at Bardhaman between 24.12.2021 to 30.12.2021. For the said purpose, the federation was supposed to issue a formal invitation to enable any Club/Association to participate in the tournament but Secretary of the Federation did not issue any invitation to the Delhi Volleyball Association to prevent them from participation.

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The Delhi Volleyball Association then wrote an email drawing attention of the Volleyball Federation to address the issue but the same was not answered. Thereafter, the Delhi Volleyball Association issued a written communication to the Federation requesting a formal invitation, enabling the Delhi Volleyball Association to participate but the same also remained unanswered.

The petition states that the Volleyball Federation secretary general arbitrarily, out of personal vendetta refused to invite the petitioner association and further demanded DVA to issue a public notice recognizing the committee of the Secretary General of Volleyball Federation of India to which the petitioner association agreed and issued a communication but despite communication made to the Secretary General, Delhi Volleyball Association was not tendered an invite for the upcoming Volleyball championship.

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