Tokyo Olympics – IOA’s Selection Madness: World number one boxer Amit Panghal has been shouting from the roof-top that presence of his personal coach Anil Dhankar is very important for him to perform at the Tokyo Olympics – but all his pleas and requests have failed to have any affect on the Indian Olympic Association. Dhankar’s name has been ignored in the list finalized by the Indian Olympic body. India’s star badminton shuttler Sai Praneeth is in little better position – his coach has been named in the squad but will not be allowed to stay at the Olympics village.
Praneeth trains day-in & day-out with his Indonesian coach Agus Dwi Santoso – but his coach won’t be allowed to stay in the Olympics village depriving him of much needed guidance before and after the matches.
Tokyo Olympics – IOA’s Selection Madness: IOA ignored these important names on pretext of Tokyo Olympic organizer guidelines – but at the same time named mother of Tokyo-bound fencer C.A. Bhavani Devi as a ‘team manager.’
Similarly, Manika Batra will also have her ‘personal coach’ for guidance during her training and matches at the Tokyo Olympics.
Amit Panghal is understandably unhappy about the situation – “Can’t help it, I tried my best to convince everyone”, said only Indian boxer who will be seeded No. 1 in Tokyo.
Tokyo Olympics: IOA’s selection madness continues, Mom, personal coaches & kin of the athletes named in the official list
Tokyo Olympics – IOA’s Selection Madness: The IOA has named Bhavani’s mother, C.A. Sundharaman Ramani, in the four-member fencing contingent also contrary to the wishes of Table Tennis Federation of India – Manika Batra’s personal coach Sanjay Paranjape, has also been added to her personal coach’s official list.
In the six-member Table tennis squad, only Manika has been awarded this advantage, and other players in the team won’t have their personal coaches accompanying them.
Both Ramani and Paranjape will be counted as ‘extra officials’ according to a report by TOI. This means they will travel to Tokyo at ‘no cost to the government,’ but the IOA will bear their expenses. They will be staying at a hotel outside the Athletes Village.
Ramani has been accredited as P-TAP (Personal-Training Assist Programme), which will enable her to visit Bhavani at the practice/training hall and competition venue to witness her matches from the spectators’ gallery. Her accreditation won’t allow her to stay inside the Village in an official capacity or visit the dining area. Sources suggest that, Bhavani herself suggested her mom’s name to the Indian Olympic Association.
Tokyo Olympics – IOA’s selection madness: Where is ‘NO PARENTS POLICY’ of IOA vanished?
Tokyo Olympics – IOA’s Selection Madness: It is worth noting that after controversy involving Saina Nehwal’s father during the 2018 Commonwealth Games, IOA had formulated a ‘no-parents’ policy – all of that has gone in air for now as IOA decided to name Bhawani’s mother as manager of the team.
– During the London Olympics, tennis star Sania Mirza’s mother, Naseema, had travelled with the contingent as the team manager.
– At the 2018 Gold Coast CWG, after badminton ace Saina Nehwal had threatened to pull out of the event following the denial of permission to her father Harvir Singh to stay inside the Village.
– The IOA had formulated a ‘no-parents’ policy for the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games. However, for Tokyo, the IOA seemed to have dropped the policy to satisfy the athletes.
Tokyo Olympics – Sindhu lucky to have both coach and physio in the Tokyo list: Unlike Praneeth, P V Sindhu’s wish lift to have her Korean coach, Park Tae Sang, and physiotherapist Evangline Baddam has been fulfilled.
In tennis – No coach to accompany the women’s doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina: Tennis coach and former national champion Zeeshan Ali’s name is missing from the list.
Similarly, in shooting, the names of chief foreign air pistol coach Pavel Smirnov, and pistol coach Jaspal Rana have found no mention.
It’s been learned that Smirnov’s name was struck off to accommodate coaches Ronak Pandit (coaching Manu Bhaker) and Samresh Jung.
Six-time world champion boxer M.C.Mary Kom’s personal coach Chhote Lal Yadav, has been named in the list, but it came as a shock when World number one Amit Panghal’s coach Anil Dhankar was ignored.
Tokyo Olympics: Sailors & Rowers 1st to leave for Tokyo Olympics
Olympic host city Tokyo entered a new state of emergency on Monday, less than two weeks before the Games begin.
With the pandemic having changed the normal build-up to an Olympics, most members of the Indian contingent will leave for Tokyo on July 17.
Only the sailing team left on Monday, according to a Sports Authority of India source. For the first time, the Indian sailors will be competing in more than one event and also Tokyo will see the first woman Indian sailor — Nethra Kumanan — at the Olympics.
The rowers are set to leave India on July 16 while the rest of the contingent will leave the next day.
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