Fri, Jul 21, 2017 | updated 10:19 PM IST

IOA to check bio-data, expertise of Indian contingents before clearance: Vijay Goel

Updated: May 20, 2017 13:45 IST      
IOA to check bio-data, expertise of Indian contingents before clearance: Vijay Goel

New Delhi [India], May 20 (ANI): In the wake of the ongoing enquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against two doctors who were sent by the Indian Olympic Association to the Rio Olympics, Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel on Saturday stated that the IOA will now check proper bio-data and expertise of the contingents before clearing names for any event.

"I have also read in the newspaper that the CBI is investigating against two doctors who went to Rio Olympics, against whom there have been speculations that they were not qualified. I want to clarify two things. Whenever a contingent participates in Olympics then the proper approval is taken on how many number of people would come along," Goel said in an exclusive conversation with ANI.

Goel revealed that earlier the IOA used to give approval under good faith after the contingent failed to submit the names till the very last moment.

"Earlier, we used to push contingent for names. Their failure to do the same until the last moment propelled us to give them approval to avoid further delay. But now, the Sports Ministry has decided that the IOA would clarify all details of the participants who go for the event. We will clarify his name, biodata, expertise, domain expertise and other required things before giving approval," he added.

Earlier in the day, Joint Secretary of the IOA, Anandeshwar Pandey, said that everyone must cooperate and support the enquiry by the CBI, adding the sent doctors belong to reputed fields.

"They both were reputed doctors, one belonged to the Army and the other was a government doctor. The CBI is an eminent agency and, therefore, the concerned person must cooperate and support the enquiry," Pandey had said.

He added that the required documents are to be submitted to meet the demands of the enquiry.

Earlier yesterday, the CBI instituted a preliminary inquiry against two doctors - Pawandeep Singh and R.S. Negi, who, without proper qualifications, were sent to Rio Olympics along with the Indian sports contingent.

The duo was sent to the Rio Olympics, held in Brazil last year, by the IOA.

The step was seen as 'favouritism' on the part of IOA as Pawandeep's father, Tarlochan Singh, is the vice-president of the IOA while, Negi is a distant cousin and close friend of IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta.

Tarlochan Singh, however, had defended his son's appointment as the Chief Medical Officer of the Indian contingent at the Olympics Games.

Tarlochan's comments came in wake of reports suggesting that Pawandeep, a radiologist by profession, did not prove to be of much help to the Indian athletes in the prestigious quadrennial games.

Tarlochan, who is also the acting president of the Archery Association of India, said that only Chef de Mission had the right to judge his son's performance. ( ANI)

Johannesburg [South Africa], July 21 (ANI): Romanian tennis legend Ilie Nastase has been handed a three-year ban and a fine by the International Tennis Federation over his offensive statements about former world number one Serena Williams and a foul-mouthed Fed Cup tirade.

Full Story >>

AIFF invites new bids for I-League 2017-18

Updated: Jul 21, 2017 20:58 IST     

New Delhi [India], July 21 (ANI): The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has issued notice to invite bids for new clubs for the upcoming I-League across leading dailies of the nation.

Full Story >>

Delhi pacer Parvinder Awana beaten up in Greater Noida

Updated: Jul 21, 2017 19:34 IST     

Greater Noida [Uttar Pradesh], July 21 (ANI): India's first-class cricketer Parvinder Awana was on Friday beaten up by a group of five unknown people in Greater Noida.

Full Story >>

Clijsters, Roddick to be inducted into Hall of Fame

Updated: Jul 21, 2017 18:29 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], July 21 (ANI): Former world number ones and Grand Slam champions Kim Clijsters and Andy Roddick are among five players set to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame this Saturday.

Full Story >>

Colombo [Sri Lanka], July 21 (ANI): The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has announced that former paceman Chaminda Vaas has been roped in as the specialist fast bowling coach for the upcoming series against India.

Full Story >>

BCCI congratulates Mithali & Co. on reaching Women's WC final

Updated: Jul 21, 2017 16:12 IST     

Mumbai [India], July 21 (ANI): The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday congratulated the Indian women's cricket team after they clinched an astounding victory over Australia to reach the finals of the of the ICC Women's World Cup.

Full Story >>

Colombo [Sri Lanka], July 21 (ANI): In a big blow to Sri Lanka, newly appointed Test captain Dinesh Chandimal has been ruled out of the first Test of the three-match series against India at Galle starting July 26 after being hospitalized due to pneumonia.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C [US], July 21 (ANI): Swiss maestro Roger Federer, who recently lifted his 19th Grand Slam champion at the age of 35 at Wimbledon, has insisted that it would be a joke if he wins third slam this year at the US Open.

Full Story >>

AB welcomes birth of second child with wife Danielle

Updated: Jul 21, 2017 13:53 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], July 21 (ANI): South Africa ODI skipper AB de Villiers and his wife Danielle, who were expecting their second child, have welcomed the birth of baby boy.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], July 21 (ANI): India's leading shot-putter Manpreet Kaur has been provisionally suspended by the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) after she was found to be tested positive for banned substances for the second time in a couple of days.

Full Story >>

Stuart MacGill settles pay dispute with Cricket Australia

Updated: Jul 21, 2017 12:18 IST     

Sydney [Australia] July 21 (ANI): Stuart MacGill has settled a dispute with Cricket Australia (CA) over his USD 2.6 million claim in salary and match payments after injury forced the former Australian leg-spinner's retirement in 2008.

Full Story >>

Confident that India will lift Women's World Cup: BCCI

Updated: Jul 21, 2017 11:21 IST     

New Delhi [India], July 21 (ANI): The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday congratulated the Indian women's cricket team on their astounding victory against Australia and exuded confidence that the Mithali Raj-led side will emerge out as champions of the ICC Women's World Cup 2017.

Full Story >>

WBBL stint has transformed Harmanpreet, says Mithali

Updated: Jul 21, 2017 10:44 IST     

Derby [UK], July 21 (ANI): Indian skipper Mithali Raj hailed Harmanpreet Kaur's brilliant innings of 171* as the "greatest knock by an India women player" and said that a "big performance" like that of her deputy was needed to beat a "champion side like Australia" in the Women's World Cup semi-final.

Full Story >>

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], July 21 (ANI): RP-SG Mavericks edged out Dabang Smashers T.T.C 14-13 in a close tie on Day 8 of the Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) at the Nehru Indoor Stadium in Chennai on Thursday.

Full Story >>

Moga (Punjab) [India], July 21 (ANI): As India is celebrating the entry of the national Women Cricket team into the ICC Women's World Cup final, courtesy Harmanpreet Kaur's brilliant knock 171 not out off 115 balls, the cricketer's mother has urged the nation to empower their daughters.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], July. 21 (ANI): Indians around the world rejoiced as India stunned defending champions Australia to enter the ICC Women's World Cup finals. Cricket greats and politicians came together in hailing the feat by the Indian eves.

Full Story >>

Derby [England], July. 21 (ANI): A magnificent unbeaten century from star batswoman Harmanpreet Kaur helped India beat Australia by 36 runs in the semifinal of the ongoing ICC Women's World Cup at the county ground on Thursday.

Full Story >>

Dhaka [Bangladesh], July 20 (ANI): The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has revealed that it would not extend Thilan Samaraweera's contract as the country's cricket team batting consultant.

Full Story >>

Chennai [India], July 20 (ANI): When Ultimate Table Tennis started on July 13, Sanil Shetty and Harmeet Desai were promising talents representing Falcons TTC and DHFL Maharashtra United respectively.

Full Story >>

HWL semi-final: Resilient Japan stun Indian eves 2-0

Updated: Jul 20, 2017 19:57 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], July 20 (ANI): India's hopes of qualifying for 2018 Women's World Cup were shattered after they suffered a 0-2 defeat at the hands of Japan in their 5th-8th classification match at the Women's Hockey World League Semi-Final here on Thursday.

Full Story >>