Damage Control: SAI says it will handle the boarding and lodging of the archers
New Delhi, January 3 () The Sports Authority of India (SAI) said Friday that it will organize the boarding and lodging of the best recurring archers in the country currently in Pune to compete in the selection tests for the start of the Tokyo Olympic Qualifiers. on Saturday.
The government will provide support as has been done to national campers for boarding and lodging of recurring archers of men and women competing in trials at the Army Sports Institute (ASI), said the Sports Authority of India (SAI) In a statement.
The decision of the Sports Ministry came after some reports claimed that Olympians such as Deepika Kumari, Bombayla Devi and Atanu Das had to fend for themselves after arriving in Pune for the selection tests.
According to reports, the archers stayed to organize their own boarding and lodging after arriving in Pune since SAI has not made such an arrangement in the absence of a suspended Archery Association of India.
Deepika, Bombayla, Atanu and 21 other archers have been exempted from the trials of stage 2, as they were part of the open trials of stage 1 held in August last year. They will compete in stage 3 to be held from January 18 to 22.
They were also part of the national camp for the Asian Archery Championship held in Bangkok from November 21 to 28. Stage 2 of the open paths will take place from January 4 to 7. SSC ATK ATK