Cyclist files FIR against coach Sharma, SAI to conduct detailed investigation next week
Allegedly sexually harassed by her coach RK Sharma, one of India's top female cyclists has now lodged an FIR against the coach. SAI has assured that a proper investigation will also take place.
The female cyclist, who had alleged sexual harassment by sacked national coach R K Sharma, on Saturday filed an FIR against him even as the Sports Authority of India (SAI) said it will speak with the cycling contingent that travelled to Slovenia as part of its detailed investigation.
While the female cyclist, who made the allegations had returned from Slovenia earlier this week, the rest of the contingent including five male cyclists and coach Sharma got back on Saturday morning.
"The national-level cyclist has lodged an FIR on Saturday against the national cycling coach for his inappropriate behaviour during a foreign exposure trip in Slovenia," the SAI said in a statement. The SAI said it investigated the case through its Internal Complaints Committee (ICC), which advised the athlete to file a police complaint.
"To ensure that the athlete is able to file the FIR smoothly, SAI deputed two of its officers from TOPS, including a lady officer, to accompany the athlete to the police station," added the statement.
A SAI source said the sports body will, next week, speak with all the members of the contingent that travelled to Slovenia.
"The SAI probe panel had already spoken to the coach and female cyclist, now it will be speaking to other members of the contingent next week as part of a detailed investigation," said the source.
The training-cum-competition trip to Slovenia was arranged to help the Indian team prepare for the Asian Track Cycling Championships, scheduled to be held in the national capital from June 18 to 22.
The female cyclist had apprised the SAI of inappropriate behaviour by the coach during her stay in Slovenia and said she was so terrified that she feared for her life. The matter had come to light on Monday when SAI issued a statement, saying it has called the cyclist back to ensure her safety.
The complainant claimed that the coach forced her to share a hotel room with him on the pretext that accommodation has been arranged on a twin-sharing basis.
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The Yachting Association of India, as asked by SAI, has submitted its report on the allegations made by a female sailor against a coach during an exposure trip to Germany. The sailor had claimed that the coach was putting too much mental pressure on her and it found a mention in YAI's report.
The coach in question is a three-time Olympian and is a coach of the Indian Navy team.