Birmingham: Lovlina BorgohainPersonal coach Sandhya Gurung received her Commonwealth Games accreditation on Tuesday, a day after the Olympic bronze medalist claimed her preparation for the event was impaired by “constant harassment” from her coaches.
Gurung, who is also the assistant coach of the Indian team, was added to the Indian contingent just days before the event.
Upon arriving here on Sunday, she was not allowed to enter the village as she had no accreditation, which sparked the controversy.
“Sandhya was brought to the boxing village today and accredited. She is now with the team,” an Indian Olympics Association (IOA) official told PTI.
Gurung has also been allocated a room in the Games Village.
In a lengthy social media post on Monday, Lovina said she felt mentally harassed as it was a struggle to add a coach to the squad.
“Today it is with great sadness that I want to tell everyone about the ongoing harassment that is going on with me. The coaches who helped me win an Olympic medal are always sidelined, which has seriously affected my training schedule,” Lovlina had written.
Lovlina, who won bronze at the Olympics last year, credits Gurung for helping her out of a difficult mental situation for the Tokyo Games. Gurung was with Lovlina during the 15-day training camp in Ireland for the CWG.
The BFI had issued a statement that under the rules, only 33 percent (1/3) of the playing contingent is allowed as support staff. The Indian boxing contingent has 12 playing members (8 men and 4 women) and according to the rules, the number of support staff will be four including traveling coaches.
The BFI further stated that “Boxing’s requirement with regard to coaches and support staff is a bit different because there are multiple periods, which can be one after the other.
“With the help of IOA, the number of support personnel increased from 4 to 8 for the entire contingent of 12 boxers.”
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