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Batra fumes at Sports Ministry pruning list of 'extras'

24 March 2018

About the transformation, he says, "It feels good from being a junior swimmer and now being serious about the sport. I thought nothing can be more hard than this", Sathiyan told PTI in an interview, recalling the trauma he went through when his father V Gnanasekaran passed away.Rajnath, Rijiju wish the best to CWG-bound teamHOME Minister Rajnath Singh wished the Commonwealth Games-bound Indian athletes all the success in the quadrennial multi-sporting event in Gold Coast and said a good performance will evoke a "sense of pride" among the people of the country.Rajnath made a brief appearance at the send-off ceremony of the contingent organised by the Indian Olympic Association. Extra officials are the requirement of every team.

"There are no extra officials, who are going for a vacation misusing public money". So where is the problem. His chief coach AC Jayarajan said, "He is one person who is known for discipline and confidence".

In fact coaching staff, boxing men's foreign coach Santiago Daniel Nieva and women's coach Raffaele Bergamasco, hockey team's analytical coach Christopher Nicholas, women's coach David Ian John, basketball team's head coach Zoran Visic and women's team coach Rajinder Singh are also awaiting their visas.

At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Thompson completed a rare sprint double when she won gold in the 100m (with a time of 10.71 s) and the 200m (21.78 s), becoming the first female sprinter to do so since Florence Griffith Joyner at the Seoul Olympics in 1988. Tomorrow if an athlete's performance is hampered, then don't blame the federations or the athlete. These extra officials will go at the expense of the respective National Sports Federations, according to Batra.

The House Committee on Sports member accused the sports ministry of excluding veteran tennis players Funke Oshonaike and Offiong Edem from the Commonwealth Games bound team. "So, the media should also question this practice", said the IOA chief who was elected in December previous year. "Hopefully, in the future, there will be more races for para-swimmers to take part in at multi-sport events so this doesn't happen again".

Meanwhile, the list of Indian contingent circulated by the IOA today has some track and field athletes who were not selected by the AFI.

"I'm told 21 names have been cut".

The IOA secretary general, Rajeev Mehta, clarified that a list of 222 athletes and 74 officials, apart from the 20-odd extra officials, "which is a requirement, and not at government cost", has been sent for clearance to the government.

Batra fumes at Sports Ministry pruning list of 'extras'