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Ministry set to address core group issue

The sports Ministry has sent out a circular to all sports federations, whose disciplines are in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, to send the past and recent performances of all ‘core group’ athletes, reports Saurabh Duggal.

india Updated: Apr 06, 2009 23:40 IST
Saurabh Duggal

The sports Ministry has sent out a circular to all sports federations, whose disciplines are in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, to send the past and recent performances of all ‘core group’ athletes. The ministry has directed the federations to prepare detailed performance charts, including fitness and other test reports, of all the core group athletes.

A top ministry source said the exercise had been undertaken to weed out the non-performers. He also said that a high-level meeting would be held in a couple of days. On April 3, HT had reported on the frustration growing among budding sportspersons, who were performing well but not getting included in national camps or considered for foreign exposure trips, because they were not part of the core group.

The federations had earlier requested the ministry to allow them to make changes in the core group keeping in view latest performances but every time the request was made, it was turned down. With this development, the federations hope to replace the non-performers.

“Two days back, we got a message from the ministry asking us to prepare detailed performance charts of all core group athletes within a day,” said a Wrestling Federation of India official.

“We had been facing problems because of the government’s policy of not changing the core group. If a players got injured or failed to attend the camp then also we were not supposed to replace him,” he said.

In the women’s wrestling core group, out of 28 grapplers, 26 reported for the camp. The two absentees did inform the federation about their unavailability, but the ministry did not give us the permission to replace them,” said the WFI official.

In fact, the boxing federation is also facing a similar problem. The federation had selected the core group on the basis of performances in the last year’s senior nationals. Jai Bhagwan, who won gold in the 60kg category in the recently-held AK Mishra International Championship, does not figure in the core group as he missed the nationals because of injury. The boxer defeated all the members of the core group in his weight category on way to gold.

“Boxing is a competitive sport and it becomes very difficult for the boxers to maintain their level of performance for a span of two years. We had requested the ministry to allow us to make changes in the core group but they didn’t bother then,” said a federation official.