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Updated: January 16, 2010 16:23 IST

No objection if NRAI spares Bindra from trials: Sports Ministry

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A file photo of Abhinav Bindra
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A file photo of Abhinav Bindra

The Sports Ministry on Saturday said any selection process that leaves out the best talents is faulty and it would have no issues if National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) exempts ace shooter Abhinav Bindra from trials.

India’s first and only individual Olympic gold medalist Abhinav is apparently upset at being repeatedly asked to appear in trials and feels NRAI should instead accept his scores in tournaments abroad for selection.

Joint Secretary in the Sports Ministry Injeti Srinivas told PTI that the Ministry was flexible and would not object if NRAI decides to exempt elite shooters from trials.

“It’s for the National Sports Federations (NSF) to lay down the selection criteria. If NRAI tells the Ministry tomorrow that they want to follow a separate approach for top shooters and exempt Abhinav from trials, we would have no objection. But we have received no such request till now,” Srinivas said.

“The ministry insists on NSFs having a well-calibrated selection criteria implemented in a transparent manner so that it results in the best team representing the country. Now what the criteria should be is something left entirely to the NSFs,” he explained.

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