Birmingham: Star boxer Lovlina Borgohain 's personal coach Sandhya Gurung on Tuesday got accreditation for the Commonwealth Games. Olympic bronze medalist Lovlina had claimed that her preparations for the Commonwealth Games were being affected due to "constant harassment" by her coach. Sandhya is also the assistant coach of the Indian team. He was included in the Indian contingent just a few days before the competition. On reaching here on Sunday, he was not allowed to enter the sports village as he did not have the accreditation, which led to a controversy.
IOA gave information
An Indian Olympic Association (IOA) official told PTI, Sandhya was brought to the boxing game village this morning and given accreditation. He is with the team now. A room has also been given in the sports village in the evening. On Monday, in a long post on social media, Lovlina had said that she feels that she is being mentally harassed as she is struggling to get her coach in the team.
Lovlina had accused of mental harassment
She wrote, "Today I am saying with great sadness that I am being harassed (mentally) continuously. The coach who helped me get a medal in the Olympics is always thrown out which affects my training schedule. Lovlina, who won a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics last year, had credited Sandhya for her recovery from the pre-game deteriorating mental state. Sandhya was also with Lovlina during her 15-day training camp in Ireland before the Commonwealth Games.
cited the rules
The BFI said in a statement that according to the rules, the number of support staff in the team is one-third (33 percent) of the number of players. There are 12 players (eight men and four women) in the Indian boxing contingent. According to this, four associate members can stay with the team. The BFI said, the requirement of boxing is slightly different with respect to the coach and support staff as there may be several matches one after the other. According to the statement, with the help of the IOA, the number of support staff for the contingent of 12 boxers has been increased from four to eight.