New Delhi: Indian shooters are again in a spot. Two months after two shooters were banned for harassing a lady shooter in the junior national squad, another junior has been suspended by the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) for misbehaving with a woman during their training camp in Italy. She was part of the hotel staff.
According to sources, the lady complained against the 17-year-old shooter, alleging that he misbehaved with her. The entire senior and junior Indian shotgun squad was training at Marcelo Dradi’s range for the World Championship in Peru. After receiving the complaint, team captain Manavjit Singh, other shooters and officials apologised to her. The accused was also made to apologise and was dropped from the squad.
The shooter had won a medal in an international competition in Europe early this year. The police also got involved in the case but charges were not framed against him as he is a minor.
“We are not revealing the name of the boy because he is still a minor,” said an NRAI official. “The matter has been brought to the notice of the sports ministry also and referred to the athletic commission of NRAI. Till the inquiry is on, the boy would be under suspension,” he said.
The shooter would also not be allowed to participate in the junior Asian championship in Kazakhstan.
In July, two shooters were banned for “mental harassment involving incidences of abusive and indecent language” during a junior shooting competition in Germany.
A senior sports ministry official said the ministry was concerned about the repeated complaints it was receiving against shooters.