A prominent female cyclist has accused R K Sharma, the national sprint team’s head coach, of “inappropriate behavior” at a training camp in Slovenia. The cyclist was a part of the preparation camp for the Asian Track Cycling Championships, which will be held in Delhi from June 18 to 22.
According to sources, the coach was hired after the Cycling Federation of India recommended the Cycling Federation of India (CFI). As per reports, the woman cyclist made the complaint to the SAI (Sports Authority of India) by email.
The statement mentioned that the cyclist was ‘immediately’ brought back to India ‘to ensure her safety. The SAI and CFI have now formed separate inquiry committees to delve deep into the matter.
“SAI has received a complaint from a cyclist alleging improper behavior by a coach during a foreign exposure camp in Slovenia.” The coach was selected based on the CFI’s recommendation. Following the athlete’s accusation, SAI promptly returned her to India to protect her safety and formed a committee to examine the situation. “The situation is being handled on a priority basis and will be resolved immediately,” SAI said in a statement.
“The Federation also formed a committee with the Secretary-General – Maninder Pal Singh, SS Sudeesh Kumar – President Kerala Cycling, Dipali Nikam – Chief Coach Maharashtra Cycling Team and VN Singh, Assistant Secretary, CFI who met today with the complainant and assured full support during the time SAI committee comes out with its findings and decision,” the statement added.
Sharma has been a member of the cycling team since 2014. Sharma, a former Air Force HR manager, has worked well with both the junior and senior cycling teams throughout the years.