Kerala Sports Council to Consider Player’s Plea Seeking Financial Aid

In a recent judgment, the Kerala High Court directed respondent no. 6, the Kerala Sports Council, to consider the request of the petitioner player seeking financial assistance for her medical treatment.[1]

The petitioner sustained an injury during a handball match and since her family was unable to continue to fund the medical treatment, she requested the Kerala Sports Council to provide assistance. The present petition was filed requesting a direction to the Sports Council to consider the petitioner’s representation.

The Single Judge Bench of Justice Devan Ramachandran laid stress on the support that should be extended to athletes and expressed that they are quintessential for a “vibrant Society” which cannot comprise solely of “persons in academic and service pursuits.” The Court added that “participation in most of the disciplines is extremely expensive, which many of the brilliant girls and boys may not be able to do, unless they are assured the support of the community; and it is imperative at these times, when the players from our State are fairing better than ever before, in National competitions and even in International fetes. Indubitably, therefore, the support of the Government and the Sports Council for the petitioner in this case is inviolable and totally necessary.

The Court directed the Kerala Sports Council to decide on the petitioner’s representation within two weeks, after giving her an opportunity to be heard. It was stated that if the Council happened to dismiss her plea, the petitioner was free to approach the Secretary of State.

[1] Prajila M v. State of Kerala & Ors. [WP(C) No.35952 of 2023]