Shooters accuse top rifle coach of tampering with gun

A reputed national coach has been accused by parents of some shooters of tampering with their rifles, a charge denied by the national federation.The parent of one of the allegedly affected shooters told PTI on Tuesday on condition of anonymity that the coach had tampered with his son’s rifle, forcing him to buy new equipment.

However, he refused to reveal the identity of the coach. The shooter’s father said, “The coach damaged my son’s gun, so we had to buy a new gun. How can a coach make such changes in the gun without the permission of the shooter a day before the World Cup?” He said, “This happened during the ISSF World Cup in Bhopal last year. This happens whenever the coach goes abroad with the team. The coach’s argument is that you need to experiment but what kind of experiments are you doing a day before the World Cup.

He said that many shooters have also informed NRAI (National Rifle Association of India) in this regard. NRAI Secretary General Rajiv Bhatia, however, denied these allegations and said that he is not aware of any such incident. Bhatia said, “I have no idea. No one has contacted us. No one has lodged a complaint with us. I don’t think this would have happened.

If this had happened then the shooters should have come out openly. Why are such allegations being made only when they were not selected. The World Cup was held in Bhopal in March last year and a lot of time has passed since then.” The father of another shooter alleged that this coach has a long history of tampering with guns.

He said, “My son went to play the World Cup and the coach along with the jury (member) tampered with the gun. The coach has a long history of tampering with guns. We did not bring it to the notice of NRAI because we feared retaliation.

Disclaimer: CricketInFocus has not edited this news. This news has been published from PTI-language feed.

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