2 judo players and coach recalled from Spain due to ‘fight’ with female players
A dispute has come to the fore with the Indian Judo players who went to Spain. A national coach has claimed that another judo player was not involved in the incident but was sharing the room with the accused player. The Judo Federation did not want to take any risk, so it has called both of them back home.
New Delhi. Two judo players and a coach, including a junior Asian Championships medalist who visited Spain, were recalled to the country on charges of ‘sparring’ with local women players. A national coach affiliated with the Sports Authority of India (SAI) claimed that a judo player got embroiled in a dispute with a group of women players and then later found a woman in his room.
It is not yet known whether this female player was also associated with judo or not. The coach said, ‘As a precaution, the judo player, other judo players living in his room and their coach have been called back to India. This judo player was involved in a dispute with a group of women and then one of them was in the room of this Indian player.
He told, ‘The other judo player was not involved in the incident but he was sharing the room with the accused player. The Judo Federation did not want to take any risk, so it has called both of them back home. Judo Federation of India Administrator Judge Pankaj Naqvi also confirmed the case and said that it is a “serious matter”.
He said, ‘We have got a message from the Indian Judo team in Spain. Some serious incident happened, so JFI is recalling the players involved in this case back to India. I have only one sided allegations and I will not comment on it. A 30-member Indian contingent, including a judo player going for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, is currently in Alicante, Benidorm, Spain. This is his first conditioning tour after the Kovid-19 pandemic.