Felix among six additional officials for Incheon

Changes made to football, table tennis teams for the big bash

Felix among six additional officials for Incheon

The Government has finally agreed to clear half a dozen additional managers with the Indian contingent for the Asian Games in Incheon after having dropped a majority of them while according sanction for 163 officials.

Having approved a contingent of 679 including 516 athletes, the Sports Ministry had received representations from the Indian Olympic Association requesting clearance for some more managers since, it pointed out that they had an important role to play during the Games.

Accordingly, on Saturday, the ministry cleared six managers including former hockey international Jude Felix as coach-cum-manager with the Indian hockey team. Hockey gained the most in the latest clearances with physiotherapist Gaurav Mehra and video analyst Amutha Prakash also being given the sanction to be part of the squad.
Meanwhile, Vece Paes has been replaced by Anand Kumar as the doctor in the tennis squad for the Games starting in the South Korean city on September 19.

The All India Tennis Association (AITA) officials said Dr Paes had opted out owing to personal commitments.

The ministry has made 17 changes to the contingent of 679 from the list issued last Tuesday.

Apart from Felix, the other managers cleared for the Games were former international athlete Praveen Jolly (athletics), S M Bali (handball), M V Sriram (rowing), Balbir Singh Kushwaha (canoeing and kayaking) and V S Dahiya (sepak takraw).
The ministry had earlier cleared five managers in their pruned list on Tuesday. Ravi Shankar, (recurve archery), Chandra Shekhar Laguri, (compound archery), Ramanand (boxing), Ravi Prakash Tripathi (wushu) are the coaches who were given a go ahead in the revised list.

There have also been a few replacements among the athletes.  In men’s football, Siam Hanghal has come in place of injured Alwyn George while Ongnaam Milaan Singh has stepped in for an injured Rowllin Borges. In women’s table tennis, Neha Aggarwal has replaced Pooja Sahastrabudhe, who was axed due to her absence from the coaching camp.

Additions to the Asiad contingent: Ravi Shankar, Recurve coach (archery), Chandra Shekhar Laguri, Compound coach (archery), Praveen Jolly, manager (athletics), Kamaljeet Kaur Walia physio-cum masseuse (athletics and contingent pool), Ramanand coach (boxing), Balbir Singh Kushwaha, manager (kayaking & canoeing), Siam Hanghal, sportsperson (football, in place of injured Alwyn George), Ongnaam Milaan Singh, sportsperson (football, in place of injured Rowllin Borges), SM Bali, manager (handball), Jude Felix, coach-cum-manager (hockey), Gaurav Mehra, physiotherapist (hockey), Amutha Prakash, video analyst (hockey),  MV Sriram, manager (rowing), VS Dahiya, manager (sepaktakraw), Anand Kumar, doctor (tennis, in place of Dr. Vece Paes), Neha Aggarwal, sportsperson (table tennis, in place of Pooja Sahastrabudhe due to her being non-available for coaching camp), Ravi Prakash Tripathi, coach (wushu).

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