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Archers expelled for misconduct, Pune camp in spotlight

Grabbing eyeballs twice in just over a month for wrong reasons has now forced the Archery Association of India and the sports ministry to rethink whether to continue Army Sports Institute, Pune as the venue for the national camp. HT reports.

other Updated: Jun 10, 2013 01:51 IST
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Grabbing eyeballs twice in just over a month for wrong reasons has now forced the Archery Association of India and the sports ministry to rethink whether to continue Army Sports Institute, Pune as the venue for the national camp.

After national archer Pratima Boro, 23, was found hanging from the ceiling of her room at the camp on May 3, Pawan Xalxo, recurve national champion of Jamshedpur 2012, and a woman cadet archer from Bokaro were expelled from the camp on June 1 for ‘indiscipline’. It is learnt that they were found locked up in the young woman’s room and the Army officials were prompt in sending them both home.

“Both have been given seven days to explain their misconduct and the replies will be sent to the archers committee which will give its recommendations,” AAI assistant-secretary Gunjan Abrol told HT. “The executive committee will meet in New Delhi on June 20 and take a final decision on their future. Till that time they will remain suspended.”

No woman official
In both cases, the absence of a woman coach or manager at the camp has come to the forefront. A woman official with the women’s team was the norm when AAI used to hold camps but ever since the federation was derecognised by the government for not adhering to the sports code, camps are being organised by the ministry.

The national camp was shifted out of Kolkata to Pune at the beginning of the year apparently because senior archers wanted to train under Korean coach Lim Chae Woon, who is with the Army Sports Institute. And women coaches, mostly based in the eastern part of the country, did not want to go to Pune.

“There are not many places in the country where we can hold a camp. One of the main reasons why the camp had to be shifted out of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Eastern Centre in Kolkata was due to hostel renovation there,” Abrol said.