Reports | Manoj Kumar participated in CWG, Asian Games carrying injury, reveals sports ministry probe

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Reports | Manoj Kumar participated in CWG, Asian Games carrying injury, reveals sports ministry probe

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SportsCafe Desk

03/12/2019

According to a TOI report, the sports ministry probe has revealed that boxer Manoj Kumar competed at the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games in 2018 carrying a hip injury. The pugilist was carrying the injury 2016 but didn’t inform about it to the ministry and Sports Authority of India (SAI).

A recent probe conducted by the sports ministry has found out that Manoj was suffering from a hip joint injury since 2016 but hid it from the government as well as SAI. He participated in the 69 kg welterweight category with the injury during the prestigious Commonwealth Games and Asian Games in 2018 carrying the injury as well.

The newspaper has also learnt that the ministry has made a complete report against Manoj. However, the boxer had recently complained that SAI was not giving him a financial assistant for the treatment. Manoj was excluded from the list of national campers in NIS, Patiala and he is not a part of the Target Olympic Podium (TOP) scheme.

The sports ministry probe report also revealed that the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) was aware of Manoj’s injury but still allowed the boxer to participate in both the events. However, the federation has now found a sponsor for Manoj and he is recovering after the treatment at a hospital in Mumbai. 

"He told us about the injury just days ahead of the Asiad. He came up to me and told that his hip pain has aggravated. Since, it was too late for the BFI to name a replacement in his category, Manoj was allowed to compete. The MRI scans did reveal it but he was allowed," the then team doctor told TOI.

Manoj has also clarified his point regarding the financial benefit from SAI and competing at the CWG and Asiad last year saying that he has all the e-mails, letters and reports with him.

"I have all the mails and letters with me to show that I had sent the proposal to the SAI. Yes, I had developed some pain ahead of the Asiad, but the MRI scans didn't show any major signs of worry. I competed at the Asiad fit, it's just that the Kyrgyz boxer chose to fight unfairly and repeatedly hit me under the belt. If I wasn't fit, how did I win the CWG medal and national championships," Manoj told the media organisation.

"They are saying that my reflexes have become slow. I will be returning to the ring in June-July this year and will shut my critics' mouth by qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics. I am just yet not finished. There's enough firepower left in me."

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