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Taekwondo coaches find no place in MP

TAEKWONDO, A game that earned maximum number of medals in the last five national games for the State, is no priority for the State Sports Department. When the State Government issued an advertisement on February 23, seeking applications for recruiting 110 contract coaches in 48 districts, it made no mention of the game.

india Updated: Mar 06, 2006 14:41 IST

TAEKWONDO, A game that earned maximum number of medals in the last five national games for the State, is no priority for the State Sports Department. When the State Government issued an advertisement on February 23, seeking applications for recruiting 110 contract coaches in 48 districts, it made no mention of the game.

“I have given in writing to Sports department officers that the taekwondo fraternity is disappointed after learning that Sports Department had not given them any place in the advertisement”, said MP Taekwondo Association secretary Sharatchandra. He is known to have given a new direction to taekwondo in the State.

 Neglecting a game that has been the top-most medal earner is ironical.

However, Director Sports Sanjay Chaudhary said that the advertisement included only those games that have brought medals for the State.

“The vacancies were advertised after discussions with the District Sports Officers (DSOs). He denied receiving any letter from any taekwondo association.

When asked, Sharatchandra said that Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior, Jabalpur and Ujjain have produced a number of good players that brought laurels to the State by winning medals at the national level.

The Sports Department has no taekwondo coach anywhere in the State. Moreover, taekwondo coaches that are giving coaching in Bhopal and Khandwa belong to Sports Authority of India (SAI), claimed Sharatchandra.

“I don’t know what policy the Sports Department has to improve sports. But neglecting a game that has been the top-most medal earner is ironical”, said Sharatchandra.

In the last five national games, taekwondo earned 36 medals, which is maximum by any sport in the state. Recently it was decided that prestigious Vikram awards would be given to the games that have recognition at the national, international and Olympics levels.

“The department has the requirement of contract teachers for softball, kabaddi but taekwondo, which is one of the disciplines in Olympics, has not been in the list of the coaches required by the department”, regretted senior taekwondo coach Alok Mishra.

Till date, ten taekwondo players have won Vikram awards, three Eklavya awards and two Vishwamitra awards. Regarding the present condition of taekwondo in the State, Sharatchandra said that for the last few years the game failed to won medals at the national level. “Recruitment of new coaches would help in improving the condition of taekwondo”, he added.


Achievements

Venue Year Medals wonMPTaekwondomedals
Maharashtra 1994 26 04
Karnataka1997 3010
Manipur1999 3713
Punjab 2001 3108
AP 2002 26 01