Molestation charges dropped against Rowing Coach

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ROOPA LALL
Port Blair
28 Mar 2017

The Directorate of Sports has withdrawn molestation charges against the accused coach, who accompanied the rowing team of these islands for a national event at mainland recently. Speaking to this correspondent, the Director of Sports, Mr AK Trivedi said that allegations of molestation against the accused have been found to be false. “During the course of inquiry, I interacted with the trainees, staff of the department who corroborated that the victim was verbally abused by the coach, but not molested. Even the written complaint from the victim doesn’t mention about molestation.”
The accused coach has been repatriated to his parent department and the Directorate of Education will now decide his future place of posting. The accused has also been strictly warned to refrain from such acts in future, said Mr Trivedi adding that the coach admitted using abusive language against the accused, who failed to clinch any medals in the national tournament.
The Directorate of Sports had launched an inquiry earlier this month against the accused coach, who accompanied the team for a national event at mainland recently. A female rowing athlete of the Sports Authority of India here had alleged that she was mistreated by the coach r of the team during the team’s tour to mainland for a national event. After returning to Port Blair, the victim lodged a written complaint to the Directorate of Sports, Andaman and Nicobar Administration.