International rifle shooter Anjum Moudgil, who was part of Munich World Cup squad, has decided to opt out of the World University Games (WUG) to be held at Gwangju (South Korea) from July 3-14, as she is finding it difficult to bear the expenses.
The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) had asked the respective universities to bear the expenses of their respective students for the WUG. And Panjab University (Chandigarh), like most varsities, has asked its players to deposit the money from their pocket first, which would be reimbursed later.
“After coming back from the Munich World Cup, I was told to deposit Rs 2 lakh for the WUG. I don’t understand why a player should pay to represent his country? Rs 2 lakh is a huge amount, so I decided to skip the WUG,” said Moudgil of Panjab University.
More than half the selected players are finding it hard to arrange funds. “More than half the universities have yet to deposit money for the WUG trip,” said Raj Kumar Sharma, director, physical education, Punjabi University (Patiala), which is co-ordinating three disciplines — shooting, athletics, archery.
Surprisingly, even as students spend anxious moments, the AIU has remained silent on the Rs 75 lakh sanctioned by SAI for funding the team to the WUG and holding two university-level events — hockey and tennis — in India in association with SAI.
“If SAI has earmarked some money for the WUG, the AIU should have informed the respective universities so that they could have focused on arranging the remaining amount. It is difficult for universities to arrange all the money as it would affect their sports budget,” said Sharma.
Mumbai-based international rifle shooter, Priyal Keni, said, “A co-shooter from University of Mumbai, Ninad Chaudhari, spoke to AIU joint secretary Gurdeep Singh and apprised him of the situation. The official told her that our university will have to bear the expenses.”
When contacted, Gurdeep said, “The decision that respective universities would bear the expenses was taken by the AIU sports board, whose members are universities themselves. If players are having problems, I will personally request the universities to fund them.”