Country's archers on the run up to 2010 Commonwealth Games are struggling with poor facilities at Sports Authority of India (SAI) Eastern Centre in Kolkata - venue of the preparatory camps, alleged national coach Limba Ram.
Olympian Limba Ram, who was appointed as the chief archery coach this year, claimed the archers were suffering due to irregular supply of equipment.
“An archer needs a quota of about two-to-three dozens of arrows and one bow every year, but here we are struggling to get even a dozen arrows,” Limba said. “Everyday, I have to listen to complaints from archers about the scanty supply of equipments. It’s very difficult to convince the young archers but the SAI is not cooperating and dilly-dallying on this matter,” Limba said. “I have made many requests to SAI but they are not taking it seriously.”
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He said even though not being able to play in the World Cup in February-March next year hurts him, he has already started his preparations for the Delhi Games.
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Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal won the Sportsperson of the Year award for 2008-09, while world billiards champion Pankaj Advani and Virender Sehwag shared the honours for the year 2007-08 at the ninth PSPB Annual Awards here. Advani, chess ace Abhijit Gupta, badminton players Shruti Kurien, Trupti Murgunde, paddler Subhajit Saha among others were present on the occasion.