Dejected compound archers of the nation needed to withdraw from World Cup Stage 1 Championship. The group was set to affix the Olympic-bound recurve archers’ group on the Delhi airport. Collectively each the groups have been scheduled to board the two.50 am flight on Saturday to Amsterdam enroute Guatemala Metropolis for the World Cup Stage I, which is to be held from 19–25 April.
Nonetheless, on Friday night, simply because the compound group was about to board the bus to Delhi from Sonepat, the Archery Affiliation of India (AAI) learnt that coach Gaurav had examined constructive. Therefore he was requested to not board the bus.
Fearing that because the gamers had are available in shut contact with him, many may take a look at constructive for the virus, the AAI determined to not take a look at the group. Then the game physique requested the compound group gamers to not be a part of the recurve group on the Delhi airport. Consequently, the gamers have been left stranded on the Karnal Bypass (Sonepat–Delhi Freeway) on Friday evening even because the recurve group jetted off to Guatemala.
The dejected gamers needed to return residence on Saturday. Satirically, on Saturday Coach Gaurav gave one other take a look at, the outcome which confirmed unfavourable!
Your complete episode has left the compound group gamers feeling very unhappy. The gamers have been certain that they might get medals for the nation. The World Cup would have been an awesome begin for them after the lockdown.
Telugu woman and Arjuna Award winner Jyothi Surekha, who had received the bronze medal within the 2011 Asian Archery Championships, was one among the many dejected group members. She stayed in a single day on the airport and began for Hyderabad within the wee hours of Saturday.
“It’s unfortunate that we couldn’t go to the World Cup and it’s extremely disappointing to see how things turned out, but we can do nothing about it,” she says. “The last two days have been quite stressful. But we have to take it in our stride and focus on our next championship in Paris in June,” says Jyothi.
Abhishek Verma, one other participant, additionally expressed his anguish. Having skilled so onerous for over three months and stayed away from the household, he feels disheartened to not make it to the World Cup.
“This championship meant a lot to us because it is the first major tourney after one and half year (post the lockdown). It also gives us an opportunity to assess our performance. Given the way we have been training we were sure to get medals,” regrets the 2014 Asian Video games gold and silver medallist.
Whose fault it’s?
Having examined COVID-19 constructive on Friday, Coach Gaurav Sharma was shocked along with his outcome as his earlier 4 checks from 14 days have been unfavourable.
“I was shocked that I tested positive, especially when I didn’t have any symptoms,” he shares.
However the coach is clueless who he thinks is to be blamed for the incident. “I don’t know whom to blame, but this has been a big blow to my career. I was expecting medals from my team, and we were very positive,” he explains.
Although shocked, he’s presently making an attempt to get his gamers to deal with the subsequent event. Might the federations have dealt with the gamers higher, as a substitute of leaving them stranded on freeway?
A diplomatic Gaurav merely says, “Everyone was running from pillar to post to complete the paperwork and other formalities, so we can’t blame anyone. But the players surely could have been met with a better treatment.”
Federation’s method questioned
With AAI withdrawing the compound group from the World Cup, there are speculations abound that the federation favours the Olympic-bound recurve group to the previous. One does marvel about that concept while you observe that within the Olympics, there’s solely a recurve group class and never a compound group class.
In actual fact, in response to one of many gamers’ dad and mom who finds fault with the federation’s method to the complete episode, there appears to be foul play. The father or mother reinstates that the federation at all times favoured the recurve group due to their Olympic participation.
“Why did the Federation conduct COVID-19 test for the coach on the eve of departure? After he was tested positive, why didn’t they take him for the second test? Moreover, he could have been isolated and the compound team could have been sent since all of them carry negative COVID-19 test reports,” rues the father or mother, who requested anonymity.
Amid the furore over the nation dropping an awesome alternative to win medals on the World Cup, AAI utterly denies allegations on how the gamers have been being handled. It additional states they have been solely adhering to the COVID-19 customary working procedures.
AAI Secretary Normal, Pramod Chandurkar, argues, “How can we take a risk when a member of the contingent is tested positive for COVID-19? The COVID-19 rules in Central America are very stringent and since both the teams are travelling together, if anyone has tested positive, the entire Indian team will be refrained from participating in the World Cup.”