New Delhi, June 30: It was not a day well spent for Heena Sidhu as the aggrieved shooter could not meet, and possibly discuss, with National Rifle Association of India chief Raninder Singh her exclusion from the Asian Games mixed air rifle team.
The former world number one and Commonwealth Games gold medallist traveled from Patiala to the national capital, hoping to meet the NRAI chief and express her grievances with the “tweaking” in the federation’s selection policy.
The 28-year-old Heena Sidhu has been ignored for the Asian Games mixed team air pistol — an event where she has excelled since its introduction last year.
“I spent the whole day waiting to meet with the president, and now he has assured me that he will meet me tomorrow. I have known him to be a very fair and objective person, and I hope that he will uphold the values of transparency and merit and not let schemers get away with their technical manipulations,” Heena Sidhu told PTI.
Heena, who recently won a gold medal in 25m pistol event and a silver in 10m air pistol event at the Commonwealth Games, claimed that the selection committee was bending the rules to favor certain individuals.
“As per selection policy of NRAI, which is published, I am ranked number one fair and square and based on my ranking, and as per policy, I should be part of the 10m mixed team event. A U-turn has been made on the policy to benefit some individuals.
“The athletes planned their calendar and strategy based on the policy, and now we feel cheated and fooled by the federation. The beauty of our sport is that it is a measurable sport and hence we must continue to remain objective and not let subjective human biases pollute the sport,” the ace shooter said.
According to Heena, the NRAI’s selection committee tweaked its policy and flouted with the existing selection criteria by including young pistol shooter Manu Bhaker in the Asian Games and World Championships squads, despite not meeting the selection requirement.
Bhaker’s inclusion pushed Heena to No. 2 in the 10m air pistol event and No. 3 in 25m sports pistol, from No. 1 in the 10m air pistol and No. 2 in 25m pistol.
The new rankings mean Heena cannot shoot in the 10m mixed event and is excluded from the 25m pistol team.
However, Heena will be competing in the air pistol individual event along with Manu Bhaker.
India Vs Bangladesh 2019/20 First Test – Statistical Highlights
The hosts India have taken the 1-0 lead in the two-match Test series against the visitors Bangladesh after winning the first Test by an innings and 130 runs at Holkar Stadium (Indore). After winning the toss, Bangladesh decided to bat first and were bowled out…
ICC World Test Championship Points Table Updated Till 16th November 2019
India continued its domination in the ongoing ICC World Test Championship as they obliterated Bangladesh by an innings and 135 runs. Virat Kohli-led side has taken their points tally to 300 after playing six matches. India has a cent percent record thus far as they…