Chess Grand Master Ramesh laments lack of recognition for Indian coaches

Chennai, July 11

Grandmaster RB Ramesh, who just lately resigned as chief selector of the All India Chess Federation, on Saturday lamented the shortage of recognition of home coaches from the federal government, saying they’ve been ignored for nationwide awards regardless of producing medal-winning gamers.

Ramesh, a Chennai-based coach, counts younger prodigy R Praggnanandhaa, his sister Vaishali, nationwide champion Aravindh Chithambaram and Karthikeyan Murali amongst his wards.

He resigned as chief selector of the AICF on Tuesday over alleged interference by warring officers of rival factions.

“Regarding awards for being coach of Indian team or Indian players from Central government, less said the better. Last 15 years or so, I (and most other Indian coaches barring few) have not received ANY award from Central government for winning medals or producing talents,” he stated in a collection of tweets.

“ZERO award from Central Government for following achievements in 15 years: 1. World youth medals = 34 2. Asian youth medals = 40 3. Commonwealth medals = 23 4. National titles =36 5. Asian Seniors medals = 5 6. Bronze medal in Chess Olympiad IS there a sports policy?” he requested.

Ramesh criticised the sooner system of Indian coaches getting lesser remuneration than their overseas counterparts which the Sports Ministry determined to finish just lately. The ministry has just lately lifted the Rs 2 lakh wage cap of Indian coaches in order to deliver them at par with their overseas counterparts.

“The Indian system looks down upon Indian coaches for most part. Foreign coaches mean 5 to 10 times more fee will be paid, forget about competency of coaches or results produced for the country. Slave mentality due to centuries under colonialism still prevalent among many still,” he stated in one other tweet.

“Can you guess the fee that was paid per day for being Coach of Indian Chess team for official events like Olympiad, World Team Championship, Asian team Championships? No one would believe it. Things got slightly better eventually, though nowhere near what it should be,” Ramesh additional wrote.

In this regard, he stated, “Even as recent as last year, for training same group of Indian junior and sub-junior players, I was paid probably 1/10th of what a ‘foreign coach’ was paid if I am not mistaken for doing the same job. I did one camp and refused to do the next one for same reason.”

Ramesh stated a profitable supply got here his approach final 12 months to educate Canadian gamers for the World Youth Championship in Mumbai, however he refused and continued to coach the Indian staff regardless of an enormous disparity in charges.

“I was offered a lucrative offer to work with few Canadian players for World Youth Championship at Mumbai last year & refused it to be coach for Indian team despite huge (dis) parity in fees where we won many medals. Should Indian coaches continue to take this approach in future too?” he requested.

“Many times, players in Indian contingent would ask me why am I even coming with the team for such small fee? We were slowly building a system, proving Indians are in no way less competent as far as training goes. Even now, Indian talent in chess training is largely underutilised,” he added.

He stated until the Sports Ministry begins listening to stakeholders who’re engaged on the bottom, nothing will change in Indian chess.

“Unless the Ministry of Sports starts listening to stakeholders who are working on the ground and making a real difference, instead of Officials and bureaucrats who have their own axe to grind, nothing will change for better or it will take too much time…” Ramesh stated.

Ramesh had give up as chief selector of AICF over alleged interference in number of staff for the upcoming Online Olympiad. The nationwide chess physique is cut up into two factions – one headed by president PR Venketrama Raja and the opposite by secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan, who’re at loggerheads over numerous points. PTI

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