Top gymnasts face trouble

The long standing infighting in the Gymnastics Federation of India (GFI) and its poor relationship with the sports ministry could cost top gymnasts like Dipa Karmakar and Pranati Nayak participation in the Artistic World championship, to be held from October 25 in Doha.

By Our Special Correspondent
  • Published 11.09.18
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New Delhi: The long standing infighting in the Gymnastics Federation of India (GFI) and its poor relationship with the sports ministry could cost top gymnasts like Dipa Karmakar and Pranati Nayak participation in the Artistic World championship, to be held from October 25 in Doha.

GFI sources said the ministry has made it clear that since the federation has been de-recognised and suspended as per the national sports code, the government may not be in a position to clear the team for the world meet.

The sports ministry has also come down heavily on the federation, as it has refused to bear the cost of the team for the Rhythmic World meet in Bulgaria, which started on Monday.

It forced the GFI to stop sending the squad at the last minute, as it was in no position to bear the financial burden.

For top stars like Dipa, Pranati and Rakesh Patra, the participation in Doha is of huge importance as it will give them valuable preparation for the World Championship in Germany next year.

The federation has already sent the entries of top gymnasts for the Doha meet. The government was also upset that the names were sent without informing the ministry. The GFI was de-recognised by the government in 2012.