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IOA chief Batra stands by appointment that raised eyebrows

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

today stood by the appointment of as the of its medical commission, a move that raised a few eyebrows.

Pawandeep's name was embroiled in a controversy when he was appointed as the of the Indian contingent for the

"We stand by the decision to appoint Dr Pawandeep Singh Kohli as the of medical commission. The decision was jointly taken by and I. Further, the has to ratify all the appointments in its next meeting," said in a statement.

Son of Tarlochan Singh, his role as the of the Indian contingent at the had come under scanner after reports emerged that Pawandeep, a radiologist by profession, could not provide the required help to the Indian athletes during the Games.

Justifying the move, further stated, "The commission has to provide inputs on medical issues related to each sport, how to prevent injuries, how to treat injuries, what all medical arrangements are required at each event etc. along with all other related inputs and information.

"The medical commission members may not necessarily travel with the teams on international tours."

During the Rio Games, reports had also claimed that Pawandeep prescribed 'combiflam' to the country's athletes when they complained of

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 19:40 IST