Sports Authority of India wants ace shooters Manu Bhaker and Vijayveer Sidhu to neither miss the Asian Airgun Championship nor their CBSE Class XII exams. The issue is the clash of dates for the exams and the Asian shooting championship.
The apex body for sports administration in India has thus urged the Central Board of Secondary Education, the leading authority of senior education, to allow the duo to participate in the Asian Airgun Championship by rescheduling their exams to another date.
In a letter to the CBSE, the SAI has asked board to specially consider Manu and Sidhu’s case and give fresh dates for exams of two subjects. Both the shooters are scheduled to participate in the Asian Airgun Championships in Chinese Taipei from March 25 to April 2.
The initiative by SAI is part of ongoing efforts of the Government to help young athletes balance their sporting career and academics.
Manu, 16, who is an ace pistol shooter and is part of the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS), would have to appear for her history paper on March 25 and Physical Education exam on March 30, and both these dates are coinciding with the championships.
Sidhu, also 16, and who is in the watch list of TOPS and has won a silver medal in the Under-21 event at the Khelo India Youth Games, too has to take his Psychology exam on March 29 and Physical Education on March 30.
The SAI has been approached by the shooters’ parents to persuade the CBSE for rescheduling their exam dates which coincide with the Asian championship so that the athletes do not miss their exams or the competition.
SAI has written to CBSE chairperson Anita Karwal to allow both the shooters to take the exams on fresh dates. Last year too, SAI had made a similar request for shooter Anish Bhanwala. He was allowed to take his class X board exams after the conclusion of his event in Australia.
“SAI is hopeful that the CBSE Board will allot fresh exam dates for both these shooters, since it is important that they pursue their academics along with their promising sporting career.