Lovlina, who will compete in the 70kg weight class, took to Twitter to express her frustration, complaining that her training had been hampered since one of her personal trainers (strength and conditioning expert Amey Kolekar) had been sent back to India while his other coach, Sandhya Gurung, had been unable to enter the Athletes’ Village in Birmingham. Although she did not take names, it is understood that her complaints are against the Indian Boxing Federation.
“It is with great regret that I have to say that I am constantly experiencing a lot of harassment due to the withdrawal of my coaches,” Lovlina said in a lengthy tweet.
“The constant withdrawal of my coaches, who helped me win the Olympic medal for my country, affects my training process for the competition. One of them is Dronacharya winner Sandhya Gurung ji.
— Lovlina Borgohain (@LovlinaBorgohai) 1658746263000
Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist boxer Lovlina Borgohain has claimed her preparations for the Commonwealth Games have been affected because her coaches were not made available to her.
We have urged the Indian Olympic Association to immediately organize the accreditation of Lovlina B’s coach… https://t.co/sdLlxiNHh7
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“The constant withdrawal of my coaches, who helped me win the Olympic medal for my country, affects my training process for the competition. One of them is Dronacharya winner Sandhya Gurung ji,” Lovlina tweeted. Monday.
Gurung is currently in Birmingham on a personal basis but does not have accreditation to enter the Games Village.
YOU learned from sources that Lovlina’s application for Gurung’s accreditation for the CWG was rejected by India’s Chief of Mission, Rajesh Bhandari. In his letter – a copy of which is with TOI – addressed to Indian Olympic Association Secretary General Rajeev Mehta, Bhandari said that “in accordance with established protocols and procedures, no new accreditation can be issued after the finalization of the meeting of ‘Delegation Registration (DRM)’ The DRM took place on July 20th.
IOA STATEMENT: https://t.co/uxgc8Fm6jp
— Team India (@WeAreTeamIndia) 1658766819000
Still, Union Sports Minister Anurag Singh Thakur has asked the IOA for accreditation to be granted to Gurung so that Lovlina can train as per her needs. It was learned that Thakur was monitoring the development and that diplomatic avenues between India and the UK could also be explored to put pressure on the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF). “Last week, Gurung’s name was included in the final list of CWG contingents based on a special recommendation made by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) to the ministry,” a statement from the ministry said.
Gurung has been training Lovlina for a long time and the boxer has often credited her for her rise. “At the moment (Monday), Sandhya Gurung ji is outside the CWG village and she is not getting entry and my training process stopped eight days before the event. Even my second trainer has been sent back to India,” Lovlina added in her tweet.
“It happened despite my many requests and it caused a lot of mental harassment. I don’t understand how I could concentrate on my game because of it. BFI, however, said in a statement that only 33% of the contingent of players was allowed as support staff.
“BFI ensured that Gurung was at training camp (July 10-24) in Ireland. Only 33% of the contingent of players are permitted as support staff which in the case of BFI for the 12 boxers (eight men and four women), represents four support staff (including coaches) who were due to travel with the team to Birmingham,” the statement read.
Lovlina also alleged that during camp she also had to plead for the coaches to be with her. “Because of this, I had to face a lot of problems during my training. Because of this policy, I don’t want my performance to be affected during the CWG. I hope to break this policy and win a medal. for my country. Jai Hind,” she concluded.