Fresh controversy surrounds Arunima case

Last Updated: Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 16:24

Lucknow: After Government Railway Police
claimed loopholes in sportsperson Arunima Sinha`s version, a
fresh controversy is brewing over her being a "national level
player".
On the basis of two certificates provided by Arunima`s
family it can be said that she had played at the national
level, but whether she has the status of national level player
on a defined level will be decided by the department and
ministry, which is going to give her a job on this basis, a
senior SAI (Sports Authority of India) official told PTI.

He said that the railways, which had announced job for
Arunima, had requested the authority to verify whether she was
a national player or not.

On the request of the railway an employee was sent to
Arunima`s house at Ambedkar Nagar to collect information, the
official said.

He said that if certificates received are to be believed
then the sportswoman participated in football in Golden
Jubilee National School Games at Sidhi in Madhya Pradesh in
the year 2002.

Besides, she also participated in an inter-university
volleyball competition for Ram Manohar Lohia University in the
year 2006, he added.
He said that on this basis it could be said that the
athlete participated in the national level tournament, but he
cannot tell whether she was a national level player or not.

Deputy director sports of the state Anil Banoda said
that only a person, who had played at the national level for
the state team, could be considered as national level player.

Besides, at school level only that person, who has been
selected for one team selected from different schools, would
be considered as the national level player, he added.

Recently SAI had sent its volleyball coach I S Thakur
from training centre at Rae Bareli to collect sports related
documents of Arunima.

Thakur said that as per the certificates Arunima
participated in an inter-university level competition in
Chattisgarh in 2004 and kho-kho competition at district and
divisional level.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 16:24

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