Finally, the grievances growing in the sports arena against the big names engaged as coaches for sportspersons are heard. The state government issued a fresh guideline on Friday to review the performance of the 'absentee' coaches.
From now on, the coaches would have to submit regular monthly reports on their training schedule.
Notably, HT on Friday pointed out the lacunae in the system of coaching being provided by certain big names in the field of sports and voice of dissent being raised by a section of sportsperson against such coaches who are hardly spending anytime in the state and drawing hefty sum as honorarium for their training which they are hardly providing practically.
According to the guidelines issued to sports academies under the sports department, a technical expert will have to impart coaching for minimum five days per visit. Services of a technical expert can be obtained when there are minimum 25 trainees. Directorate of Sports can terminate services of a technical expert when there will be no need to continue their services. A proposal for extension of a technical expert's services along with its justification will have to be put up before the empowered committee by the director one month in advance.
An empowered committee has been constituted for obtaining services of technical experts for the sports academies for which coaches would be engaged.
Eligibility, experience, qualification, rates of monthly honorarium and other facilities have been fixed for technical expert category. Medal winners in Olympics, World Cup, recognised international championships in concerning sports or technical experts honoured with Padmashri, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and Arjun Award have been placed under this category. Rate of monthly honorarium for this category will be Rs one lakh. For Category-B, Rs 75,000 per month will be payable to an expert who is medal winner in Asian Games or Common Wealth Games in concerning sports. An expert of Category-C should be a medal winner of recognised Asian championship. He should have represented India team for minimum three years in recognised international championship in concerning sports and should have won at least three medals in national championships. This expert will be paid Rs 50,000 per month.