29th November 2023

On July 21, SAI named 5 HPCs within the sports activities of archery, kabaddi, fencing, capturing, and athletics. Vijay, a five-time Commonwealth Video games gold medalist and 2012 London Olympics rapid-fire pistol silver medalist, searched for the place when SAI marketed it in February-March.

Manoj Kumar, a rifle teacher who’s presently practising with the Indian squad on the capturing vary for the Paris Olympics, has been beneficial for the place by SAI.

“I had utilized for the publish (of HPC). I used to be ready for the interview name. There have been rumours that interviews (for the publish) had been being carried out. This morning, somebody randomly referred to as up and mentioned that the checklist is out. Once I checked the checklist (on the SAI web site) I used to be stunned and shocked.”

“I completely fitted the factors they (SAI) had set. It was said that if you’re an Olympic medallist you’ll be instantly recruited. So far as I do know, no Olympic medallist other than me had utilized for the publish on the premise of deputation,” mentioned Vijay, a DSP with Himachal Pradesh Police.

“Earlier, HPCs had been appointed on a contract foundation however not too long ago SAI had opened the roles for consultants to return on deputation from different establishments and render their companies. So, on that foundation, I had utilized for the publish.

“I’m shocked that regardless of having achieved a lot for the nation, my title is just not there. I consider the one that has been beneficial for the publish has some crew worldwide medal however no main Asian, Commonwealth Video games medal,” mentioned Vijay, winner of a silver and two bronze medals on the Asian Video games.

Manoj participated in 4 World Cups and Asian Championships in 2005, in response to his biography on the Worldwide Capturing Sport Federation (ISSF) web site, nonetheless he did not take dwelling any medals.

“I’m the recipient of the Padma Shri, Khel Ratna (the very best sporting honour) and the Arjuna Award,” added Vijay.

Vijay responded that only a “on-line utility needed to be submitted” when requested if a panel had been established to shortlist specialists for the highest place.

“I didn’t get a reply or receipt to my mail, no affirmation. I suppose nobody received a affirmation mail. The appliance needed to be forwarded to 1 Mr Madhav, answerable for the SAI teaching wing.”

Wanave Madhav Popat, Assistant Director (Teaching), SAI, Teaching Division, is the signatory on the letter proposing the appointment of the 5 HPCs.

“I’m going to register my protest. I used to maintain asking a senior ladies’s capturing coach, who can also be an SAI worker, and she or he stored assuring that interviews will happen in a month or two. After which, instantly, this notification comes.

“I’m going to jot down to DG, SAI (Sandip Pradhan) and Sports activities Minister (Anurag Thakur). This needs to be delivered to the discover of upper authorities {that a} below-average particular person, who hasn’t achieved something on the worldwide stage has been beneficial for the job. Inform me, what a part of the factors I don’t fulfil?” he requested.

Shiv Sharma, Deputy Director Basic SAI, said that Pradhan is “not the correct particular person” to comment on the matter whereas Pradhan didn’t return calls or texts.

Manoj had submitted an utility for the HPC place, a SAI consultant and a capturing teacher confirmed to PTI.

“He (Manoj) has 10-15 years of teaching expertise with (Indian) Air Pressure crew. He’s at present hooked up to the nationwide crew as a rifle coach.

“Vijay thinks that solely Olympians may be an HPC. However, there may be somebody who has been teaching for 10-15 years with devotion and dedication. I need to query Vijay, what number of athletes has he skilled? What’s his teaching expertise? He’s an Olympian shooter, I agree, however that is for the publish of a coach, not a shooter,” she added.

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