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All not well in special Olympics outfit

Jamshedpur, July 12: Special Olympics Jharkhand (SOJ) vice-president V.L. Gangras today admitted that improvement was needed in the way the state body had been functioning.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Gangras, who retired as assistant general manager of Telcon in 2011, said the functioning of the SOJ, mainly with regard to selection of athletes and coaches and their appraisal, should be handled carefully as it involved intellectually challenged.

Further, he alleged that the state body was not keeping him posted on developments in the organisation.

“I was not even informed about the death of Md Azharuddin, who died in train while returning from the national power-lifting championship held in Patiala last month. Everybody should be aware about what is happening in the state body,” he added.

Reacting to the sudden death of Azharuddin, Gangras said, “We should book train tickets in advance to avoid sending our teams in sleeper class. I would ask SOJ assistant area director Satbir Singh Sahota to convene a joint meeting with senior office-bearers to discuss all important issues threadbare.”

According to Gangras, his role in the state body has been basically confined to attending meetings and offering suggestions. “We need a positive attitude and transparency to improvement our style of functioning,” he opined.

The SOJ vice-president said he would also raise the issue of mentor Awtar Singh, who had submitted his resignation to the state unit. “We need mentors like Singh who is a dedicated coach. I was not even aware that his resignation had been accepted,” Gangras said.

Apparently upset over alleged irregularities in the state body, regional trainer (Asia Pacific) Singh shot off a letter to SOJ area director Bailey Bodhanwala on June 30, expressing his desire to quit. His resignation was accepted on Thursday (July 10).

Singh has a long experience of mentoring intellectually challenged. Besides extending his service to the state body, he also runs Jeevika, an NGO that is involved in the promotion of special athletes.


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