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Bombay HC Refuses to Interfere with Recruitment to Post of Sports Coach

In a judgment dated December 5, 2023, the Bombay High Court refused to interfere with the process of recruitment to the sports coach post, holding that the employer was best suited to decide on the qualifications for appointment.[1]

The petitioners, diploma holders in sports coaching from Netaji Subhash National Institute of Sports (NIS), challenged the constitutional validity of the advertisement dated July 19, 2023, issued by the respondents for the position of sports coach.

In the said advertisement, it was stated that a candidate was required to hold a degree in physical education or a diploma in the sports field or should have been conferred with a state or national award in sports. The petitioners submitted that only diploma holders from NIS should be considered for the said post. Differentiating between the training imparted in both the courses, the petitioners asserted that the candidates holding a Bachelor’s in Physical Education (BPE) were not suitable for the post of sports coach.

The Division Bench of Justice G S Kulkarni and Justice Jitendra Jain opined that respondent no.2, the Directorate of Sports and Youth Services, was an expert body in determining the qualifications for the said position. Holding that it could not lay down the eligibility conditions, the Court dismissed the petition.

[1] Dadaso Balaso Awad & Anr. v. State of Maharashtra & Ors. (WP No.12592 of 2023)