Mary Kom recuses herself from sports awards meeting to avoid conflict

first_imgBoxer M.C. Mary Kom on Saturday recused herself from the meeting wherein her personal coach Chhote Lal Yadav’s name was discussed for the Dronacharya award. There was widespread criticism that she is a part of the 12-member committee which is nominating names for national awards for excellence in sports and her own coach is in the list of candidates proposed. But the boxer decided to stay away from when her coach’s name came up for discussion.IANS has reliably learned that she decided to not be a part of the final meeting on Saturday due to the presence of Yadav’s name among the nominees. According to sources, Mary had in fact wanted to resign from the committee when media reports appeared pointing at a case of conflict of interest against her.The Boxing Federation of India had nominated Yadav on the basis of Mary’s recommendation.Mary is among the athletes who are in the selection panel — which includes former footballer Baichung Bhutia, former long-jumper Anju Bobby George, former women’s cricket team captain Anjum Chopra and table tennis coach Kamlesh Mehta – that will recommend names for the Khel Ratna, Arjuna, Dhyanchand and Dronacharya awards to Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju. The other prominent names are Supreme Court judge Justice (Retd) Mukundakam Sharma, Sports Secretary Radhey Shyam Jhulaniya, Sports Authority of India Director General Sandeep Pradhan and Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) CEO Commander Rajesh Rajagopalan.The BFI has nominated world championships bronze-medallist Gaurav Bidhuri and Asian Games gold medallist Amit Panghal for the Arjuna Award while Sandhya Gurung and Shiv Singh are the other coaches they have nominated for the Dronacharya.advertisementAlso Read | Dutee Chand laments lack of competition as Indian GP fails to provide tough test to athletesAlso See:last_img read more

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Police digest SIU probes complaint

Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit was called last week after a man arrested in Simcoe complained about feeling pain.The 44-year-old man was arrested in connection with a theft complaint in the area of Walmart on the Queensway East Thursday over the noon hour.The man was jailed overnight at Norfolk OPP headquarters on the Queensway West in Simcoe.In an email Monday, SIU spokesperson Monica Hudon said “When the man complained of pain the following morning (Friday), he was taken to hospital for treatment.”OPP refer all inquiries to the SIU once the investigative unit opens a file.The SIU is called anytime someone in Ontario is injured or killed during an interaction with police. The SIU is also called when someone alleges that a member of a police service sexually assaulted them. Vehicle chews up lawnA local man was charged this weekend after a vehicle  was observed cutting across a lawn south of Delhi.Police were notified of the situation on Henry Street around 10 a.m. Saturday. Police were told the motorist nearly ran into another vehicle that was parked along the roadway.A 20-year-old Norfolk man has been charged with driving with a blood-alcohol content in excess of the legal limit.Keys stolen at laundromatPolice have been provided with images of a man who stole a set of keys from behind a counter at Simcoe Laundry in the north end of town.The theft occurred Tuesday of last week. A security camera captured an image of the person reaching behind the counter.Norfolk OPP are perusing the footage in an effort to identify the suspect.Home ransacked in CanfieldA home near Dunnville was ransacked following a break-and-enter last week.The break-in occurred at a home in Canfield on Highway 3 while the house was vacant from March 10 through March 16.Stolen were jewelry, electronics and musical instruments.Haldimand OPP are investigating.Reckless driving near JarvisThree teenagers face a number of charges after a vehicle was clocked doing more than twice the posted speed limit of 80 kilometres an hour near Jarvis last week.The pullover on Highway 6 occurred around 11:15 p.m. Thursday.A search of the vehicle turned up a quantity of alcohol and cannabis.The 18-year-old male driver has been charged with racing a motor vehicle, drinking while driving with a novice permit, driving with an open container of alcohol available, and possession of cannabis under the age of 19.A 17-year-old male and an 18-year-old male have been charged with possession of alcohol while underage.Wiring stolen from storage shedWiring and electrical equipment worth more than $2,000 was stolen from a storage shed near Cayuga recently.The theft at a property on Highway 3 occurred between March 8 and March 17.Haldimand OPP are investigating.Hardware store break-inSuspect vehicles were spotted leaving the scene at a high rate of speed following a major theft in Cayuga this weekend.Around 4:30 a.m. Sunday, suspects broke into the Home Hardware on Talbot Street East. They made off with two snow blowers and a lawn mower.One of the vehicles involved was a black GMC Sierra pickup. It was spotted leaving the scene west bound on Talbot Street East. On its tail —  also at a high rate of speed — was a red- or maroon-coloured hatchback-style vehicle.Anyone with information regarding the theft is encouraged to contact the Haldimand OPP at 1-888-310-1122.Information can also be shared with Crime Stoppers of Haldimand and Norfolk at 1-800-222-8477.Hit-and-run in SimcoeIf you’ve spotted a dark-grey vehicle in your neighbourhood with extensive damage to the passenger-side door, you may want to contact the Norfolk OPP.Between 6 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 a.m. Sunday, a vehicle parked along Thomson Road in Simcoe was side-swiped by the suspect vehicle.Extensive damage was done to the driver’s side of the parked vehicle.Anyone with information related to this incident can share it with the Norfolk OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers of Haldimand and Norfolk at 1-800-222-8477.Callers to Crime Stoppers who help solve a crime are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000. read more

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