New Delhi: The Sports Authority of India has constituted a three-member committee to find out the allegations made by gymnast Aruna Budda Reddy. She claimed that during her fitness test that took place in March, one of the SAIs coaches videotaped her fitness test without her consent.
The three-member committee will work under the guidance of Radhica Sreeman, Executive Director (Teams Division). The committee has to complete the inquiry to get to the bottom of the matter. They have been urged to submit an interim report shortly.
Aruna Budda Reddy, who bagged the historic bronze medal at the 2018 World Cup in Melbourne, The test was conducted prior to the gymnast’s participation at the FIG Apparatus World Cup in Baku in March. The fitness test occurred in the presence of a six-member committee constituted by the Gymnastics Federation of India.
The fitness test was conducted by a six-member committee of the GFI on Arun Budda Reddy’s injured knee. During the process, one of the coaches’ trainees filmed the assessment. Aruna Reddy was quoted by the gymnast. On returning to her base camp in Ambala, Aruna demanded the footage of the video to share it with her doctors and continue the rehabilitation process.
After making several attempts to get hold of the video, Aruna Budda wrote to GFI president Sudhir Mittal. As recently as May 24, Aruna got a response from the GFI president saying the federation did not order any videographic assessment of her fitness test.
Aruna then wrote back to the GFI president, Mittal, explaining her shock and urging him to obtain the video from the coach’s trainee, who was not named in the report.