In light of the recent events where female athletes, particularly a cyclist and a sailor, have complained against inappropriate behaviour from coaches during international trips, the Sports Authority of India has issued certain guidelines on the same and has advised all National Sports Federations to follow them with immediate effect.
According to a release issued by SAI, these steps are also a means to ensure a safe and positive environment by making all stakeholders aware that there is an expectation, at all times, of appropriate behaviour consistent with the core values of sportsmanship and appropriate moral conduct.
As per the cyclist’s complaint emailed to SAI, the cyclist had listed out a series of approaches made by chief coach RK Sharma during a foreign exposure trip in Slovenia which was organised by the Cycling Federation of India, as reported by The Indian Express. It included allegedly forcing himself into her room, offering a “post-training massage” and forcefully trying to pull her towards him, and asking her to “sleep with him” during a camp in Slovenia last month.
Meanwhile, the sailor’s complaint, as informed by SAI in a release, said that a coach accompanying the contingent in a foreign exposure camp in Germany…