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Indian gymnasts' CWG participation in doubt over selection issues

Thursday, 10 July 2014 - 6:10am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: dna

Ashish Kumar created history exactly four year ago by winning two medals in gymnastics for India at the Commonwealth Games. But repeating this feat looks almost impossible in Glasgow this time around as the sports ministry has not cleared gymnastics team's passage to the Games citing complaints in the selection of gymnasts and coaches.

The initial inquiry set up by Sports Authority of India (SAI) has also found substance in the complaints made by three gymnasts who were not selected in the five-member squad. This has cast serious doubts over Indian gymnasts' participation in the upcoming Commonwealth Games to be held from July 23 to August 3 in Glasgow.

According to sports ministry sources, a faction of the Gymnastics Federation of India (GFI) selected five gymnasts during the selection trials last week. The first two places went to Ashish Kumar and Rakesh Patra as expected but the controversy erupted when third ranked Ikraar Hasan of Railways, fifth ranked Sanjeev Burman of Services and Abhijit Shinde who performed well at the recently at the World Championships were ignored.

All the three have now made a formal complaint to the sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal.

To make matters worse, the selection panel named UK Mishra along with US coach Jim Holt in place of Ashish's coach DK Rathore and chief coach GS Bawa in the final list.

dna has learnt that Mishra was mostly absent during the camp. Railways authorities have taken up Ikraar's case separately with the SAI.

As per the information, SAI has written in its report that Ikraar and Sanjeev deserved a place based on their performances in the National Games. Whereas, SAI has also recommended coach Rathore's name to go with the team.

A retrial was also suggested but GFI has rejected the recommendation citing time constraint.

A source has told dna that only the first two names have so far been cleared to take part in the Games. But whether or not they will actually be sent to Glasgow is anybody's guess.

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