Commonwealth Games 2018: IOA arranges accreditation for Saina Nehwal’s father after her threat to not compete

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) cleared Saina Nehwal's father Harvir Singh's entry to the CWG village on Tuesday after the shuttler took to Twitter to complain.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: April 4, 2018 11:49:55 am

saina nehwal with father Saina Nehwal lashed out at the authorities on Twitter for not allowing her father inside the Games village

A day after shuttler Saina Nehwal lashed out at the authorities for cancelling her father’s accredtion for the Commonwealth Games, the Indian Olympic Association on Tuesday sorted out the issue. “It’s our duty to help the sportspersons. They should focus on winning medals. Yes, Saina had written to a senior official. But we don’t want to make an issue out of it. As it is, we have solved her problem. We wouldn’t like to comment on the tone and tenor of the letter,” a senior IOA official said.

Thanking IOA in a Twitter post, the shuttler said, “Thank u so much @ioaindia for the support and help sorting out my father’s accreditation card in such short notice ..Hopefully it will b great for the matches ahead ..and I m sorry for all the trouble. #CommonwealthGames2018”

On Monday, Saina had claimed that her father Harvir’s name had been cut from the team official category. The Sports Ministry had stated that parents of Saina and PV Sindhu will be travelling at no costs to the government and were cleared to be part of the Indian contingent. But Saina said that her father’s name was cut from the official category and he can’t stay with her, enter the Commonwealth Games Village in Gold Coast or watch her matches.

The 28-year-old shuttler had expressed anger over exclusion of her father’s name from team’s official category in a series of tweet. She also reportedly threatened to pull out of the competition if her dad remains restricted to enter the Games Village. Saina tagged the Commonwealth Games Federation in her tweets and stated that her father’s support is important to her and she relies on him during other matches.

The Sports Ministry faced flak for its decision to not allow a number of coaches and family members of the athletes to travel to Gold Coast.  Saina’s father Harvir Singh and PV Sindhu’s mother Vijaya are among the 15 individuals who, despite being cleared to be part of the Indian contingent, are not funded by the government for their travel, stay and other expenses.

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