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Injured boxer Manoj Kumar accuses SAI of non-cooperation

NEW DELHI: Seasoned boxer Manoj Kumar has alleged that the Sports Authority of India not noted his pleas for financial help to regard an harm picked up throughout the Asian Games, a price that SAI rejected and accused him of hiding his fitness problems.

In a letter to sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, the three-time Commonwealth Games medallist's trainer Rajesh Rajound, who is also his elder brother, has said that the SAI has not responded to his request for help in dealing with a groin harm regardless of reminders.

"The concerned officials are deliberately playing politics in the matter and I request you, as a concerned sports minister, that an immediate inquiry be launched...I request you, that steps be taken to ensure that he receives immediate and proper medical attention," Rajound said in the letter.

Manoj has been out of motion because the Asian Games due to the harm and his identify did not figure in the list of nationwide campers previous this yr.

"...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. However, even after sending all the medical reports, I have yet to get any concrete reply from the concerned officials," he added.

The SAI hit again with an authentic, chatting with PTI on condition of anonymity, saying that the previous Asian medallist and Olympian has been assisted financially however he hasn't been completely forthright about his accidents.

"Manoj is a senior boxer and was fully supported when he was under the TOPS. He was treated in Mumbai's Kokilaben Hospital at the full cost of the government. But once he was dropped from the TOPS because of dip in his performance we couldn't support him fully," the authentic said.

Manoj mentioned the only help that has come his way is from the Boxing Federation of India (BFI). However, the SAI authentic mentioned that the boxer has been given assist even after being dropped from TOPS.

"But still we kept on supporting him under the NSF scheme which only allows for treatment of injuries and not rehabilitation of an athlete," the SAI authentic mentioned.

"He repeatedly hid his injuries and wanted to be a part of the national camp. Still we gave him the option of joining the camp at his own cost or his employer's (Railways) but he denied," he added.

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