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Indian Boat Racing team to be added to the Asian Games contingent after initial rejection

Following the order of Delhi High Court, India’s traditional Boat racing contingent is set to take part in the Asian Games in Indonesia from 18th August – 2nd September 2018. Earlier the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has denied the entry of Boat team into the Asian Games squad sighting lack of eligibility criteria. However, the team returned home with a silver and a bronze medal from the Asian level tournament last month.

In response to IOA’s decission, Abhay Singh, one of the athletes in the boat racing squad, had filed a petition in the Delhi High Court against IOA’s decision to not send a team of the water sport to the Games. The High Court ruled the matter in the petitioner’s favour and “directed the IOA to consider the case of the petitioner and team and take all steps to accredit the team to represent India in the traditional boat racing”.

IOA secretary Rajeev Mehta confirmed sending the entries to Games organisers following the High Court order. “We have sent the entries. Now it remains to be seen if the organisers accept their entries,” said Mehta.

Prashant Kushwaha, secretary, Indian Kayaking and Canoeing Association, said, “As of now we are not sure how many names the Sports Ministry would clear. A team comprises 12 athletes, including 10 paddlers, a drummer and a steerer.”

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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