Tougher to satisfy Indian athletes more than others: IOA acting president Anil Khanna | Commonwealth Games 2022 News

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Anil Khanna, Acting President of the Indian Olympic Association (Getty Images)

BIRMINGHAM: The needs of Indian athletes at multi-sport events are a bit harder to meet than others, Indian Olympic Association (IAO) interim president Anil Khanna said Thursday, referring to the controversy surrounding Lovlina Borgohainthe coach Sandhya Gurung.
After arriving in the city for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Borgohain alleged his preparations were hampered due to the “continuous harassment” his coaches faced from authorities, including Gurung.
She wanted Gurung included in the CWG contingent and the IOA, in a last minute move, complied with her request. The boxing contingent’s designated team doctor Karanjeet Singh had to be moved outside the Games Village for Gurung to enter.
“It’s more difficult to meet the needs of Indian athletes a little more than others because they react a little too early. The sense of cooperation between athletes is not always there,” said Khanna, who is here. , at PTI.
“Lovlina is an Olympic medalist, we had to grant her request. The boxing team doctor is also experienced. He stays outside the village like many of our officials and coach.
“Transportation is being arranged, there is no problem,” Khanna said.
The absence of the shot is likely to put a big dent in India’s medal tally at the Games. India won 66 medals four years ago in Gold Coast, including 16 in shooting, for third place.
“Our estimate is around 60 to 65 medals. We’ll have to see how many we get. The impact of not shooting will be felt for sure,” he said.
He also confirmed that 164 (89+55+20) Indian athletes and officials from three different villages will participate in the opening ceremony on Thursday evening.
With shooting and wrestling not being part of the 2026 Games programme, he added: “For 2026 shooting and wrestling is not included at the moment but we have had discussions with CGF President Dame Louise Martin.
“The respective international shooting and wrestling federations have until August 19 to submit their expression of interest to the CGF.
“By September 30, they will have to make a presentation,” he said.


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