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GFI incompetence cost gymnasts participation ticket

GFI incompetence cost gymnasts participation ticket

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Published: 19 April 2018 11:10 AM GMT
The Gymnastics Federation of India (GFI) has gotten itself quite a reputation in the last few weeks itself, leading up to and during the Commonwealth Games. From being indecisive and vague about sending gymnasts to the Gold Coast as well as failing to look after simple logistics like making sure gymnasts have their coaches accompanying them, the GFI messed everything up. But wait, just because the Commonwealth Games are over, it doesn't mean that the GFI will stop messing about. It so happens that thanks to the incompetence and politics played by the different factions of the GFI, a number of athletes have missed out on their chance to take part in the junior Asian Championships that being on the 25th of April in Jakarta. Image result for gymnastic arena
According to Hindustan Times, the gymnasts had two venues, Surat and Mohali, available as options for selection trials. Since Mohali is closer to the gymnasts from Delhi, they selected it as their venue. However, they were later informed that the selection had been made on the basis of the trials that had taken place in Jakarta. The reason given to the gymnasts was that the Surat wing was the one which was recognised by the GFI and thus, the athletes had already been selected. As things stand, the Ranjeet Vasava-led faction is recognised by the Federation Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) and holds the rights to field teams in FIG-sanctioned competitions. Because of this dirty trick that was played on the helpless gymnasts, they don't just lose out on their chance to participate in the Junior Asian Championship. It so happens that this championship doubles as a selection trial for the Youth Olympic Games that will take place later on this year, in Argentina. Among those who are forced to give the championship a miss, is Khelo India Bronze medallist Tushar. He, along with three other gymnasts had selected Mohali as their chosen venue. This trial was organised by the faction led by Shanthikumar Singh, whose faction is recognised by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA). Moreover, owing to the fact that the GFI has been de-recognised by the ministry of sports, the squad will receive no grants and will have to raise funds for themselves to travel. ALSO READ: Will the real Gymnastics Federation of India please stand up?
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