Rejected coaches don’t qualify for appointments: SAI

Shooting - Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games - Skeet Men's - Final - Belmont Shooting Centre - Brisbane, Australia - April 9, 2018. Ben Llewellin of Wales. REUTERS/Eddie Safarik

Vastavam web: The Sports Authority of India Tuesday said five shooting coaches were rejected from a list of 29 submitted by the national shooting federation for not meeting the requisite criteria and termed the NRAI’s objection to its decision as “illogical”. The SAI’s decision to dismiss the appointment of five shooting coaches irked the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) President Raninder Singh, who wrote a letter to the government body, stating the move was “insensitive” and an “affront to our sport and human intellect”.

But SAI responded sharply, saying that it was “surprised” by such a late reaction from the NRAI after it “duly acknowledged” the decision conveyed to it on July 26. “The decision of the SAI was conveyed to NRAI on July 26 which was duly acknowledged by your office. It is, therefore, quite surprising that you raise these issues six weeks later without any reference to the consultations, discussions and correspondence that has been held with SAI on this issue,” he said.

Kedia said that the five coaches Shreayan Kapoor, Amar Jung, Jitender Beniwal, M S Bhangale and Nilanjana Ghoshal were rejected because they did not possess requisite qualifications for the job. He insisted Kapoor and Ghoshal have never competed at the international level nor do they have any coaching certificate.

Beniwal too has done a ‘C’ level coaching course in 2017 but was not experienced enough and has no personal achievements to boast of, according to SAI. Bhangale, meanwhile, did not appear for the interview at all. All the rejected candidates were rejected were shotgun coaches. SAI said the appointment letters of four coaches Mansher Singh (chief coach – shotgun), Ved Prakash (chief coach – senior pistol), Monali Manohar Ghore (pistol coach) and Vishavdev Singh Sidhu (junior shotgun coach) will be issued soon.