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EXL | Athletics Federation Of India Officials Holiday At The Expense Of Athletes

Written By Annanya Johari | Mumbai | Published:

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  • In an exclusive, Republic TV has exposed how the Athletics Federation of India has used its junkets for officials at the cost of deserving athletes.
  • As per the documents, four extra officials were sent to London to manage the Indian athletes at the World Championship.

In an exclusive, Republic TV has exposed how the Athletics Federation of India has used its junkets for officials at the cost of deserving athletes. As per the documents, four extra officials were sent to London to manage the Indian athletes at the World Championship. Hence, implying that a total of 13 officials were sent to London for 26 athletes, while as per the Federation norms, the AFI should be sending only one official for every three athletes.

In this exclusive, Republic TV has exposed how the AFI Super Boss Lalit Bhanot and company have denied deserving athletes the chance to go for the championship. The super boss, Lalit Bhanot, himself is also in London to "manage" the Indian athletes.

WHAT DO THE DOCUMENTS PROVE?

  • As per the documents, the AFI sent in 13 officials including an IAS officer as a team leader along with five officials who are not needed including two extra officials and 3 observers as coaches.

WHO ALL DOES IT INCLUDE?

  • The list of officials includes: Vishal Kumar Dev who plays the role of team leader; Tony Daniel, the team manager who does not share an athletics background, Radha Krishnan Nair as the deputy chief coach, Arun Mendiratta as the team doctor, Pawan Kumar as the male masseur, Kinga Lidia as the female masseur.
  • The list of coaches includes Galina Bukharina, PT Usha, Surendra Singh, Alexander Artsybashev, Raj Mohan, Bahadur Singh Chauhan along with Anju Bobby George.
  • Athletes PU Chitra, Ajay Kumar Saroj and Sudha Singh have been denied the right to qualify for the World Championship despite qualifying for it.

The Athletics Federation of India is an apex body for managing athletics in India and is affiliated to the IAAF, AAA and Indian Olympic Association. The AFI has as many as 32 affiliated state units and institutional units. The AFI was found in 1946 and the federation organises the National Championships, trains the Indian Athletics National Campers.

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