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The Sports Authority of India on Wednesday terminated the contract of national cycling coach RK Sharma, after a committee found allegations of misconduct against him to be true. According to a complaint filed by a female cyclist, during the team’s visit to Slovenia on May 29, Sharma forcibly took himself into his room and harassed the cyclist.
The Sports Authority of India had constituted an inquiry committee to hear the complaint of a national level cyclist against a coach for misconduct during a tour of a foreign exhibition in Slovenia, organized by the Cycling Federation of India. The committee has submitted its preliminary report. Today’s report and preliminary case have been established and the allegations of the player have been found to be true.
The coach hired on the recommendation of the Cycling Federation of India had a contract with the Sports Authority of India. Following the report, SAI terminated the coach’s contract with immediate effect.
The committee will continue to investigate the case in detail and submit a final report, “the SAI said in an official statement.
The Cycling Federation of India (CFI) on Wednesday, following SAI’s instructions, withdrew the entire Indian contingent from its exhibition tour of Slovenia. The cyclist himself was brought back to India on June 3.
The cyclist, who is part of the Elite Target Olympic Podium Scheme, was the first to notify Olympic Gold Quest before filing a complaint with TOPS CEO Commodore PK Garg.
The Indian endurance contingent, consisting of five men and a woman cyclist, was due to return from Slovenia on June 14. Onkar Singh, chairman of the Cycling Federation of India (CFI), told PTI that SAI has decided to shorten the training journey.
(With PTI input)
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