After Record World Cup Showing, Indian Shooters Ready For CWG 2018

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Indian Olympic Association (IOC) on Thursday said that Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has assured it to have a re-look at government's policy of not clearing "extra officials" for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. The bone of contention largely seems to be the names under the head "Extra Officials" in the list sent out by the IOA to the Sports Ministry.

Wary of controversy, the Sports Ministry will not allow family members of any athlete to travel with the Indian contingent for the coming Commonwealth Games in Australia and will also put a stop to "fun rides" for officials. For the present CWG, we have 222 Athletes participating, hence the permitted officials with the contingent will be 74. "I don't know why there is so much of noise from the government unnecessarily".

"I don't know why the sports ministry is raising these unnecessary issues".

Those being termed "extra" officials were those whose services are required but are above the permitted number and not passengers on the squad, Batra told reporters at a farewell function here for the athletes. "Having said that, I am merely a postman". Onigbinde, who managed Nigeria at the 2002 World Cup, said the expectations of Nigerians were very high on the team pointing if they can hit a run of wins starting from the friendly games, it can help them to go far at the Mundial.

"We will surely have a word with the Ministry once we receive the final approved list", Batra said.

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It is learnt that the ministry is willing to clear only one doctor and one physiotherapist out of those recommended by the IOA as overall contingent staff.

The bone of contention is the 21 extra officials included in the list sent by the IOA. In Incheon Asian Games, Sarita Devi's issue created a lot of problem. The chief coach had to supervise MC Mary Kom's bout. Rule says parents can not be named managers like in the past, but Batra said the Badminton Federation of India (BAI) taking the parents of the two Olympic medallists should not be made an issue.

"Tomorrow if an athlete's performance is hampered, then don't blame the federations or the athlete". If our performance goes down, the sports ministry should stand up and take responsibility.

The Sports Ministry, it is learnt, has made a decision to put a stop to officials "fun rides" and stick to the rule of keeping the size of officials' contingent to one-third of the athletes' count, except in special cases.