Ethics Case Study – 37

You are the president of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI). The WFI is planning to convene a selection panel shortly under your chairmanship for selection of the best athlete/wrestler to represent India in the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympics in 74kg freestyle wrestling championship. A few days before the final selection, you get a call from the Personal Secretary (PS) of a senior government minister seeking your intervention in favour of the selection of a close relative of the minister for this particular category. There are only two contenders for this category.

The first contender is the only Indian to win two individual Olympic medals. He has been also awarded with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna – India’s highest honor for sportspersons. Whereas the second contender (relative of the minister) belongs to the constituency of the minister and has only won championships at State levels. The PS also informs you that he is aware of the long pending and urgent proposals of your federation for grant of funds for modernization, which are awaiting the minister’s approval. He assures you that he would get these proposals cleared.     

(a) What are the options available to you?

(b) Evaluate each of these options and choose the option which you would adopt, giving reasons.

20 marks / 250 words.

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