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Manipur body urges fair selection

Imphal, July 2: The All Manipur Sepak Takraw Association urged the Sepak Takraw Federation of India to rectify the procedure of selection of players to form the best team to represent India in the Asian Games in South Korea in September this year.

The association’s general secretary, P. Durjit Singh, said the federation has failed to be transparent and some out-of-action players have found a place in the Games squad.

He said the training camp for the Indian team was divided into seven phases and the final phase began in Hyderabad from June 30.

Some players, who did not feature in the earlier phases, have joined the camp and this is creating confusion among players. He added that this would hurt the morale of the players.

“We have, on numerous occasions, requested the federation to rectify the procedure of selection and had urged them to make the selection process public,” he said.

He also said there have been instances when the federation contacted the players directly without their consent.

The association has also claimed, in a reaction to the Sepak Takraw Federation of India’s declaration that the association’s office bearer’s election was null and void, that there was no malpractice in the election held on June 22 for the term 2014-18.

The federation had, in a communiqué to association president, Kh. Dorendro, said only club members, life members and individual members have the right to vote in the association elections.

Also, the election should be monitored by the federation and a committee formed in consultation with director of sports, Manipur, director in charge SAI, Imphal and Olympic Association of Manipur.