Graham Reid isn’t the kind of coach who likes protecting a lead. But instead of simply going all out against a dangerous Dutch team, his message to the players was to keep it ‘simple’ - “nice, simple, pass-pass-pass.”
According to data obtained by The Indian Express under the Right To Information (RTI) Act and from official reports, 29 of the 45 complaints from 2010 to 2019 were against coaches in sports such as gymnastics, athletics, weightlifting, boxing and wrestling.
SAI did not reply to a detailed questionnaire sent to it. But the organisation’s former director-general, Jiji Thomson, said the athletes often withdraw their complaints or change their statements, fearing their careers would be impacted, which makes it difficult for them to take action.
Throughout 2019, a multi-disciplinary research team — comprising physiologists, nutritionists, academics and gynecologists — at Inspire Institute of Sport (IIS) tracked the menstrual cycles of the athletes training at the Bellary-based high-performance centre.
Satnam Singh Bhamara, who is serving a provisional suspension for failing a dope test, has disputed the charges against him and insisted he is a ‘clean competitor and has always played basketball fairly.’
Satnam Singh Bhamara joins a growing list of dope cases this year. Earlier this week, a NADA list accessed by this paper revealed that 156 Indian athletes had tested positive for consuming performance-enhancing drugs up to November 30.
Indian shooters, who drew a blank at Rio 2016, have had a remarkable year in rifle and pistol events, and – on current form – will enter the Tokyo Olympics as the country's best bet to win multiple medals.