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Leading woman cyclist alleges India coach of ‘inappropriate behaviour’ during preparatory camp in Slovenia


If reports are to be believed, the coach was appointed after recommendation from the Cycling Federation of India (CFI).

Representative image. Courtesy: Reuters

Representative image. Courtesy: Reuters

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The cyclist was a part of the preparatory camp ahead of the Asian Track Cycling Championships
  • She made the complaint to SAI through an email
  • R K Sharma has been working with the cycling teams since 2018

A leading woman cyclist has alleged R K Sharma, the national sprint team chief coach, of “inappropriate behaviour” during a camp in Slovenia. The cyclist, reportedly, was a part of the preparatory camp ahead of the Asian Track Cycling Championships, which is set to take place in Delhi from June 18 to 22.

If reports are to be believed, the coach was appointed after recommendation from the Cycling Federation of India (CFI). It has been learned that the woman cyclist sent the complaint through an email to the SAI (Sports Authority of India).

The statement mentioned that the cyclist was “immediately” brought back to India “to ensure her safety”. The SAI and CFI have now formed separate inquiry committees to delve deep into the matter.

“SAI has received a complaint from a cyclist of inappropriate behaviour by a coach during a foreign exposure camp in Slovenia. The coach was appointed on the recommendation of the CFI. Following the complaint by the athlete, SAI has immediately brought her back to India to ensure her safety and has also constituted a committee to investigate the matter. The matter is being dealt with on priority and will be resolved shortly,” SAI was quoted as saying in a statement.

“The Federation also formed a committee with the Secretary General – Mr. Maninder Pal Singh, Mr. SS Sudeesh Kumar – President Kerala Cycling, Ms Dipali Nikam – Chief Coach Maharashtra Cycling Team and Mr. VN Singh, Assistant Secretary, CFI who met today with the complainant and assured ____ full support during the time SAI committee comes out with its findings and decision,” the statement added.

Sharma has been working with the cycling team since 2014. Sharma, who’s also a former Air Force HR manager, has worked with the junior and senior cycling teams over the years with a lot of efficiency.



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