Competed in 2006 CWG with out FIG licence: Ashish Kumar | Commonwealth Video games 2018 Information

NEW DELHI: India’s main gymnast, Ashish Kumar, has blown the lid off the choice drama surrounding the Indian gymnastics contingent for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games subsequent month. Ashish, who received India’s first-ever gymnastics medals on the 2010 Delhi CWG, claimed on Wednesday that he had competed on the 2006 Melbourne CWG and 2009 World Championships with out the obligatory ‘FIG licence’ – an identification card issued by the game’s world governing physique, FIG, to all gymnasts in an effort to take part in worldwide competitions.

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Ashish’s revelation has come within the gentle of the Gymnastics Federation of India (GFI) and Indian Olympic Affiliation’s (IOA) current claims that Mohammad Bobby and Gaurav Kumar had been denied a spot within the gymnastics contingent as a result of they didn’t possess a legitimate FIG licence.

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Ashish’s revelation appears to have referred to as their bluff because the Allahabad-born gymnast additional revealed that if the federation (GFI) is keen, processing of licence doesn’t essentially take a month.

“I bought it in a number of days. Don’t precisely know the technicalities however it all relies on the federation. In the event that they actually need, they’ll at all times get it completed (from the FIG) early,” Ashish informed TOI. “I competed on the Melbourne CWG with out the licence. It was my first CWG and I used to be very younger at the moment. It was solely after the 2009 Worlds that I bought my licence,” knowledgeable Ashish.

GFI and IOA’s issues might additional be compounded as BJP’s Member of Parliament from Agra, Ram Shankar Katheria, and the Division of scheduled caste and scheduled tribes welfare beneath the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment have written to sports activities minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, citing the injustice meted out to Bobby and Gaurav.

Katheria, who’s the chairman of the nationwide fee for scheduled castes, has urged Rathore to instantly take up the matter with the involved authorities to make sure that the names of two gymnasts, Bobby and Gaurav, are included within the closing CWG squad. Bobby and Gaurav, who’re employed with the Indian Navy, hail from poor households in Uttar Pradesh. Bobby’s father, who died final yr, was a labourer, whereas Gaurav’s father works in a shoe manufacturing unit in Agra. This could have been their maiden CWG look.

GFI and IOA officers had contended that since it will take not less than a month for Bobby and Gaurav to get their licenses, their names had been changed by Rakesh Patra and Yogeshwar Singh. It’s the collection of Yogeshwar which has led to heartburn.

The outcomes of trials, in possession of TOI, present that Ashish completed first, adopted by Bobby and Gaurav. Aditya Singh Rana and Arik Dey occupied the fourth and fifth positions respectively, whereas Yogeshwar completed sixth. As the choice trails had been held from February 12 to 14, the federation and IOA had sufficient time to get their licenses made if the one-month yardstick was to be utilized.

“How might a gymnast ending sixth (complete 73.45 factors) be named for the CWG? I (with 75.85 factors) and Gaurav (75.30 factors) had been properly forward of Yogeshwar on factors. Patra, who solely competed in three out of the six creative rounds totalling simply 40.60 factors, was additionally included. That is dishonest,” stated a disheartened Bobby.

“If the GFI and IOA are saying we don’t have the licence and it could’t be made, then they need to have named Arik within the squad. He completed fifth (73.75 factors) and has the legitimate licence (until Might 2019),” he added.

When TOI contacted GFI official Deepak Kabra, he justified the staff choice. “The rankings don’t mirror the suitable image. The choice panel ought to have ranked the gymnasts based mostly on their efficiency in each particular person spherical fairly than rating them on general efficiency. Bobby and Gaurav can’t go due to licence subject. Furthermore, it’s the IOA which finalises the contingent.”

Yasir Ali
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