Speaking after the send-off ceremony of the Indian contingent for the 2018 CWG, organised by the IOA here, Batra clarified that there is no fight between him and the Ministry however, it is completely ununderstandable as to why the names of the coaches and support staffs have been cut.
Apart from the percentage of officials allowed to accompany the team, which is one third of the number of athletes, the IOA president said that the around 20 extra officials were being sent at the cost of the federations.
"I've had so much support from my family, so much support from my coaches that I couldn't name one person because they've all come together as a team and brought me to where I am now".
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Asked if he was on a warpath with the sports ministry, Batra said: "If you think it's warpath, I can't help".
"So far my training has proceeded smoothly, last month we (the national shooting squad) underwent training that focused on boosting strength, so in this final stretch I am stressing on improvin g my techniques", he told a Podium Programme press conference at the National Sports Institute (ISN) here today. They are the ones who are using the public money, " Batra remarked. I don't want to get into the blame game. We called these extra officials but in fact these are not extra officials.
This assurance comes after the IOA President Narinder Batra slammed the ministry for raising "unnecessary issues" about the Commonwealth Games contingent, asking it to apply the same standards of probity for its own bureaucrats. These include the names of some of the top athletes like double Olympic medallist wrestler Sushil Kumar, women wrestlers Babita Kumari, Vinesh Phogat and Pooja Dhanda, men's hockey player Lalit Upadhyay, women's hockey team player Savita, badminton singles specialist Ruthvika Shivani Gadde, cager Amritpal Singh and shot-putter Tajinder Pal Singh Toor, among others. Officials who won't be able to stay in the Games village or enter the sporting arena. The overall contingent size is 328 (222 athletes and 106 officials). These days in every sport you don't need only the coaches but you need managers, doctors, physios and masseurs.
Batra also recalled the instance of boxer Sarita Devi having a tough time lodging a protest at the Incheon Asian Games. The government at that time hadn't allowed the manager to go with the team. "It is the ministry who has the authority", he added. "All expenses of these extra officials will be borne by the government", said the official. Rule says parents can not be named managers like in the past, but Batra said the Badminton Federation of India (BAI) taking the parents of the two Olympic medallists should not be made an issue. If our performance goes down, the sports ministry should stand up and take responsibility.