SAI types panel to probe quarantine violation by boxers at NIS Patiala


New Delhi, July 11

The Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Saturday shaped an inquiry committee to analyze alleged violation of COVID-19 quarantine norms by three boxers on the National Institute of Sports (NIS) in Patiala.

The four-member probe panel is headed by SAI secretary Rohit Bharadwaj and consists of Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) CEO Commander Rajesh Rajagopalan, former hockey coach AK Bansal and SAI Deputy Director (Personnel) Dandapani.

The SAI was compelled to kind the committee after three boxers – Commonwealth and Asian Games gold medallist Vikas Krishan, Neeraj Goyat and Asian Games bronze medal winner Satish Kumar – allegedly violated quarantine guidelines by mingling with fellow athletes throughout their isolation interval.

Vikas (69kg) and Satish (+91kg) have certified for the Tokyo Olympics.

The inquiry committee will look into circumstances that led to the incident and submit its report on the earliest.

It has been learnt that NIS Executive Director Raj Singh Bishnoi can be beneath the scanner for his function within the incident.

“The committee will conduct a thorough investigation as to what led to such a violation and lay down strict guidelines to ensure such an incident is not repeated in a SAI campus again. The role of NIS Executive Director will also be probed,” a SAI supply instructed PTI.

In a separate assertion, the SAI stated appropriate motion can be taken in opposition to anybody discovered responsible on this episode.

“A committee constituted under the chairmanship of Secretary, SAI, will probe the matter and suitable action will be taken if any personnel(s)/athlete(s) are found culpable of any wrongdoing,” learn the assertion.

It has additionally been learnt that each one the three boxers, who’ve flouted the quarantine guidelines, left the NIS Patiala campus on Saturday morning.

The boxing camp is because of start within the subsequent couple of weeks for simply the Olympics-bound pugilists.

Seven different boxers, who’ve certified for the Tokyo Games, are at present in quarantine and have undergone COVID-19 assessments, the studies for that are nonetheless awaited.

The SAI has acknowledged that the alleged violators had been allowed into the campus after their take a look at studies got here out adverse.

The SAI has restarted numerous camps with strict Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to make sure minimal threat of an infection.

The boxers, once they restart coaching, is not going to be allowed to entry the ring, spar or use one another’s tools as a part of the protection protocol. The BFI acquired permission to restart the camp after ready for greater than a month. PTI



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