Boxer Manoj Kumar Accuses SAI For Not Offering Him Financial Help

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Manoj Kumar accused SAI of not releasing funds for treatment

Seasoned boxer Manoj Kumar has alleged that the Sports Authority of India (SAI) ignored his request for financial assistance to treat an injury he picked up during the Asian Games.

But the authority has rejected this accusation and accused him of hiding his fitness issues.

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Brother of boxer Manoj wrote a complain letter to Sports Minister

Elder brother and coach of the three-time Commonwealth Games medalist,  Rajesh Rajound, wrote a detailed complaint letter to Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. In the letter, he stated that  SAI did not respond to his request for financial help required for the treatment of groin injury, despite numerous reminders.

Rajound wrote in the letter complaining about the SAI officials’ irresponsible behaviour towards their request. He stated that “the concerned officials are deliberately playing politics in the matter and I request you, as a concerned sports minister, that an immediate inquiry is launched.” He further requested him to take appropriate actions so that Manoj receives proper medical attention.

He further added that “all the medical reports were sent to the officials of SAI and the TOP (Target Olympic Podium) Scheme, on September 10, 2018, via e-mail. The estimated cost of treatment mentioned by the hospital is  Rs 5,30,400.” But there was no definite reply from the concerned officials.

 

Manoj could not participate in the Asian Games due to the groin injury. His name was not included in the list of national campers, earlier this year.

Contrasting statement by SAI

SAI spoke to PTI on this situation and stated that the former Asian medallist and Olympian has been assisted financially but he hasn’t been completely forthright about it.

The officials also said that Manoj was supported and his treatment was undergoing in Mumbai’s Kokilaben Hospital, with the cost completely borne by the government. They added that Manoj could not be supported fully as he was dropped from the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS).

The SAI official also said, “But still we kept on supporting him under the NSF scheme which only allows for treatment of injuries and not rehabilitation of an athlete.”

 

In this condition of anonymity, the SAI further stated that Manoj repeatedly hid his injuries and wanted to be a part of the national camp. After all this, still, when they gave him the option of joining the camp at his own cost or his employer’s (Railways), he denied.

On the other hand, Manoj said that the only assistance that he got was from the Boxing Federation of India (BFI).

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