Noida: Sydney Olympics bronze medallist
Karnam Malleswari on Sunday demanded the sacking of Indian
Weightlifting Federation Secretary Sahdev Yadav for not paying
heed to her repeated complaints against coach Ramesh Malhotra,
who has been suspended on charges of sexually harassing junior
Malleswari, who is now the vice-President in IWF, said
Yadav has to be shown the door so that coaches like Malhotra
are never appointed.
"Suspending the coach is not enough. The Federation
secretary should also be sacked because he didn`t act against
Malhotra despite repeated complaints. If he is not sacked then
people like Malhotra will be made coach again," Malleswari
told reporters here.
"I made a complaint against Malhotra in the IWF Executive
Committee meeting in Udaipur in February and I was assured
that action would be taken. But leave alone taking action, he
was recommended for the Dronacharya award," she added.
"Considering his past records he should not have been
given charge of women lifters. But he was kept at the camp and
even taken as women`s coach in the recent junior Asian
Championships. By recommending his name for Dronacharya Award,
the IWF was devaluing the prestigious honour," said the
country`s only Olympic woman medallist.
Malhotra was suspended after Malleswari revealed that he
had been harassing young lifters for the past 10 years now but
she did not level any specific charges or reveal the identity
of any particular victim.
Asked what took her so long to go public against
Malhotra, Malleswari said, "Whatever I am saying now was never
a secret. Sports Authority of India officials, senior coaches,
the federation and the players knew about it all along."
"At the time all this happened, I was myself an active
player and was focussing only on my game. But SAI has several
written complaints against him and if they couldn`t act on
them them, what could I have done at that time? But now I am
the vice President of the Federation and have raised my voice
on the issue," she said.
The man in the eye of storm, Malhotra has, however,
denied the allegations against him, claiming that it is a
conspiracy against him.
"I have done nothing wrong. The allegations were planned
to tarnish my image," he said.