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Punjab & Haryana High Court issue notice to AIFF against validity of TW-3 test

All India Football Federation (AIFF)

After being denied the opportunity to participate in the Hero Sub-Junior League 2018/19, on the basis of the result of the Tanner-Whitehouse3 (TW3) test which assessed his age to be above the approved limit of 14.4 prescribed by the All India Football Federation (AIFF), Tushar Chaudhary, an U-13 Minerva Punjab FC squad member along with his parents decided to challenge the AIFF’s TW3 method of assessment of skeletal maturity.

Chief Justice Krishna Murari, in the notice sent to the AIFF, mentioned that the TW 3 method is not conclusive and can be used only when no other proof of age is available.

According to the Bone Age Determination Program Guidelines framed by the All India Football Federation (AIFF), the TW3 method is recognized for determining the age of players for the purpose of eligibility to participate in AIFF tournaments and no other process is acceptable.

The notice issued by the Punjab & Haryana High Court also states that the TW 3 method is not adopted even at state and national level to determine age of aspiring participants.