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Little has changed for archery champs

other Updated: Jun 02, 2011 02:14 IST
HT Correspondent

Two days before the Indian recurve archery team leaves for the World Championships in Anatalya, national coach Limba Ram said problems, though minor, have persisted throughout their senior national camp and could take a toll on the psyche of the players. "We don't want to be bothered by them but it affects the psychology of the players since they are used to better facilities abroad," said Limba.

On Monday, the camping archers boycotted breakfast served at the canteen of the SAI Eastern Regional Centre, complaining it was substandard and so were the other facilities provided to them.

Hindustan Times had reported on April 28 how archers were facing equipment and food woes at the camp. SAI regional director S Harmilapi had then said: "I ensure that players don't face any problem in the camp. I have also changed the catering contractor. The new contractor is doing a good job," he said.

He wasn't available for comment on Wednesday but top archer Rahul Banerjee said little had changed since Monday. "The toilets were a bit cleaner today but the effort was still short of what should be in place," said Banerjee. After a little bit of cajoling, Limba said there were a number of problems that the archers have been facing. "First, 16 campers have to use only one toilet," said Limba.

"The heat is incredible during practice hours but some days ago, all that the archers were provided was warm water and little glucose. We don't even have a regular doctor visiting us," added Limba.

"On Tuesday, we had no choice but to boycott breakfast. We ate outside but today SAI's assistant director asked us to discontinue our boycott and promised changes. We are not asking for much. “As the world No.1 team in archery, we deserve at least these little things," said Limba.