Jamshedpur 1st Oct 2021: A senior woman archer has accused Sanjeev Singh, director of the High-Performance Center and Dronacharya awardee international archery coach, of harassment.
As per reports, some trainees from the National Center of Excellence (NCOE) of SAI (Sports Authority of India) in Sonipat reported late for the morning training session on September 24.
As a punishment, Singh asked him to make five rounds of the ground there.
The woman archer alleged that she was asked to run on despite her informing the coaches and support staff that she was in the midst of her menstrual cycle, and despite the information, her plea was ignored, and she was forced to run causing her physical discomfort and humiliation.
The athlete is concerned to make a complaint to this effect to the SAI and the Archery Association of India (AAI).
India’s apex sports body has sought Sanjeev Singh’s reply on the allegation of harassment leveled against him by the archer.
SAI has started the investigation by forming a three-member committee and has sought a reply from the accused officer.
Sanjeev Singh denied the woman archer’s allegation and said, “I asked the archer to take rest if she felt unwell. Just to comfort her, I told her to relax if she is feeling uncomfortable.” He declined to comment further.
It may be noted that archers from across the country practice at the National Center of Excellence of SAI. The female athlete said that Sanjeev Singh lashed out at her, harassed her for being late, and mentally tortured her.
It is worth noting that Sanjeev Singh had earlier held the post of Head of Sports Department of Tata Steel. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Tata Archery Academy. He was awarded the Arjuna Award in 1992 and the Dronacharya Award in 2009.