New Delhi: The Commonwealth Games Media and
Publicity Committee Chairman Tarlochan Singh on Wednesday asked the
Sports Authority of India to stop shunting away journalists
from the selection trials of the event at its various centres.
After reports emerged of scribes being kept away from the
trials, which are mostly being held at the Netaji Subhas
National Institute of Sports (NIS) in Patiala, Singh has
written to SAI Director General Sayan Chatterjee asking for
the lifting of the media ban.
"It has been brought to our notice that media has totally
been debarred from all the camps which are now being held at
your centers for the Commonwealth Games teams. You will agree
that this is the time when we should go all out to publicise
all our efforts in providing training to our sportsmen and
women selection trials are in progress and teams are being
named," Singh said in the letter.
"Please give all facilities to mediapersons to take
pictures and meet the coaches and probable medal winners. The
public is interested to know about them. I hope you will give
the permission immediately. Your officers can be deputed to
escort them," he wrote.