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Don't do anything which leads to suspension: Rijiju to NSFs

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Lamenting that archers Deepika Kumari and Ankita Bhakat were forced to compete under the IOC flag, Minister Kiren Rijiju on Thursday urged the National Federations to not be involved in anything that leads to their suspension.

The Archery Association of India (AAI) was suspended due to administrative turmoil, forcing the country's archers to compete under the IOC flag.

Deepika won a gold, while Ankita bagged a silver at Asian Championships, the Continental Qualification Tournament held in Bangkok.

"We don't want out athletes to compete under neutral flag. The National Federations must not do anything that leads to suspension," Rijiju said.

"There should not be any factions. All the federations have to come together and we are willing to help all."

The Minister spoke after handing over national awards to wrestler Bajrang Punia (Khel Ratna), discuss thrower Tejinder Pal Singh Toor (Arjuna), his coach M S Dhillon (Dronacharya) and runner Mohammed Anas Yahia (Arjuna) in a simple ceremony.

Bajrang and Toor had missed the National Day ceremony in August due to their preparations for the World Championships.

"Since the day I took over, I have been meeting athletes and trying to help. We have record number of Olympic quota this time. We have world class athletes and a few are really strong contenders," Rijiju said.

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First Published: Thu, November 28 2019. 20:15 IST