CWG 2022: Women’s boxing coach Bhaskar Bhatt gives up room in Games Village for Lovlina Borgohain’s personal coach | Commonwealth Games 2022 News

NEW DELHI: Head Coach of Indian Women’s Boxing Team Bhaskar Bhatt left his room Commonwealth Games Village here to welcome the Olympic bronze medalist Lovlina Borgohainpersonal trainer Sandhya Gurung.
Bhatt checked into a nearby Games-designated hotel.
“I moved to a hotel 10 minutes walk from the village,” Bhatt told PTI.
It was a deliberate move by the national team’s head coach, who made sure the team’s only Olympic medal-winning pugilist was in good spirits with her coach by her side.

India's history at the Commonwealth Games

India’s history at the Commonwealth Games

“I volunteered to do it (give up his room) because it’s all ‘ghar ka mamla’ (internal matter) and it’s better to settle these things between us,” Bhatt added softly.
Bhatt, who took over as senior women’s head coach last year, still has access to all venues and the Games Village. The only change being that he won’t be able to stay inside the Village at night.
“I have all the necessary access, so it’s not a problem for me,” Bhatt said.
Under Bhatt, the Indian women’s team came away with three medals, including a gold, at the World Championship in May.
On Monday, Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist Lovlina claimed her preparation was affected due to “continuous harassment” from her coaches.

Gurung was added to the Indian contingent just days before the start of the Games, which delayed her accreditation.
When she arrived here on Sunday, she was not allowed to enter the village because she did not have accreditation, sparking a tirade on Twitter from her neighborhood. She was registered at the hotel where the additional officials were staying.
In a lengthy social media post on Monday, Lovlina said she felt “mentally harassed” because it was difficult to get her coaches added to the squad.
In its defence, the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) said that as per the rules, only 33% of the player contingent are allowed as support personnel.
India’s boxing contingent has 12 playing members (8 men and 4 women) and as per the rules, the number of support staff will be four which includes traveling coaches.

The quota was, however, increased to eight with the help of the IOA.
The team doctor also leaves the Village
Gurung received his accreditation on Tuesday, but it came at the expense of team doctor Karanjit Chib, who will also need a clearance letter from the CDM every day during the Games.
Chib was among eight boxing officials in the Indian contingent, but to accommodate Gurung, his accreditation was changed to that of trainer P.
“The team doctor’s accreditation has been changed to P-coach. This means that he will have to obtain an authorization letter / pass from the chef de mission every morning to access the Games Village,” said said BFI Executive Director Col. Arun Malik.
“By changing the accreditation, we kept the same number of officials inside the camp and the adjustment was made and that’s how it benefited everyone.
“The doctor will be staying at the hotel and will be available all day and during training,” added Malik.
The team doctors are not present in the ring anyway because the doctors made available by the organizers take care of all the medical needs of the boxers during the fights.

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