Int’l Taekwondo player, coach Atul Pangotra lashes out at Sports Council

By: Asim Ayoub

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In what can be termed as the beginning of ‘revolt’ of high profile players against the J&K State Sports Council, International Taekwondo player and coach of J&K , Atul Pangotra has lashed out at Sports Council .

In a Facebook post on his personal profile Pangotra has lashed out at Sports Council for having no money for sending teams for participation in Olympic disciplines but at the same time promoting and sponsoring players in non Olympic events for International outing.

The post by Atul Pangotra reads, “ Surprisingly, very surprising as J&K Sports Council who is the main sports funding authority/institution in our state are not having funds for National based players who were supposed to participate in a National championship in an Olympic sport, but at the very same time are having huge funds for those who are playing non Olympic sport and are taking advantage by participating in open or International championships”.

In the same post he has regretted leaving job in SAI and opting for job in J&K for the promotion of sports in his home State.

“Today I am regretting honestly on choosing my State over Centre. I left my job in SAI (Sports Authority of India) which I found today more valuable just for the sake of promoting and developing an Olympic sport in the state but unfortunately some self styled sports promoters are politicizing sports at very best,” post further reads.

“I am sorry to higher officials because when it comes to Taekwondo ,sure as hell I won’t compromise with anyone. I will continue to strive for promoting this Olympic sport in my state as well as in Country.Fight for my Game till my last breath,” post added.

The social media outburst of Pangotra came after Sports Council has granted sponsorship in favor of various players who have represented Country in International events. Most of the players have represented in non Olympic disciplines.

In the comments section of same post, he also highlighted that higher officials of Sports Council are running the association and only promote those disciplines.

“They just want games those who have approach and Captured by JKSSC higher officials. They Neglected Olympic Sports and promote other sports. They tried to stop our sub-junior and cadet teams and released funds to new sports in the name of Internationals. When I didn’t obeyed their order than they call Explanations against me,” he added.