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Archers' woes: SAI orders probe

Following the uproar over the supply of sub-standard food and lack of facilities at the ongoing preparatory camp for archers at Kolkata's SAI centre, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) swung into action late on Wednesday and ordered a probe into the shortcomings.

other Updated: Jun 02, 2011 23:36 IST
Navneet Singh

Following the uproar over the supply of sub-standard food and lack of facilities at the ongoing preparatory camp for archers at Kolkata's SAI centre, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) swung into action late on Wednesday and ordered a probe into the shortcomings.

Desh Deepak Verma, who recently assumed charge as director general, SAI, deputed a senior official to take stock of the situation in Kolkata. The report will be submitted on Saturday. "It's a serious issue that players are facing food problems in a national camp and officials should take care to avoid such incidents," said Verma after emerging from the review meeting with national sports federations to check the progress for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Incidentally, archery is among the 16 disciplines short-listed by the sports ministry as a medal prospect for the London Games.

The other disciplines are athletics, badminton, boxing, gymnastics, hockey, judo, rowing, shooting, swimming, tennis, table tennis, taekwondo, weightlifting, wrestling and yatching.

Relief for shooters
Another decision arrived at the meeting was to facilitate the availability of ammunition for shooters during the build-up to major events.

SAI has decided to provide ammunition during camps for at least two months. "Thereafter, the shooting federation (National Rifle Association of India) should be able to handle things on its own," said Verma. Also, the country's top shooters would be helped to procure arms licenses.

"Those preparing for the London Games should focus on training and not waste time on trivial matters. SAI will do its bit to sort out the matters," he said.

No solution in sight
With both Hockey India (HI) and Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) representatives attending the review meeting, there were few signs of reconciliation. "It's binding on us to entertain both units as the matter is in court," said Verma.

If Verma is to be believed, neither HI nor IHF have sent proposals to appoint a foreign coach for the national team.

"Till date, we haven't received any proposal," he said.