NRAI-Bhindra feud: Sports Ministry steps in

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'NRAI can spare Bindra from trials'
New Delhi, Jan 16: In a bid to win back the ace shooter, the Sport Ministry has said that it will have no objections if National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) exempts Abhinav Bindra from trials.

"It's for the National Sports Federations (NSF) to lay down the selection criteria. If NRAI tells the ministry tomorrow that they want to follow a separate approach for the top shooters and exempt Abhinav from trials, we would have no objection. But we have received no such request till now," Joint secretary in the sports ministry Injeti Srinivas told a news agency.

Stating that any selection process that leaves out the best talents is faulty, the ministry stepped in with what seems to be damage control  mode after the Olympuic gold medallist said that he would quit the sport.

"What should be the criteria, whether performance in tournaments abroad should carry more weightage or the trials, it's upto the NRAI to decide. The sports ministry doesn't come into the picture," Srinivas said referring to Bhindra's request to the NRAI to accept his scores in tournaments abroad for selection.

Although the ministry expressed surprise as to why it was dragged into the issue, the ministry has promised to sort out things.

The shooting champ got upset over the fact that he is not in the national team for the Commonwealth Games 2010 and said that he was planning on quitting the game as he is 'tired of fighting the system'.

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