National games Archery medalist Sorang Yumi has returned her medals and honours as an act of protest. Yumi alleged that the Sports Director, Tadar Apa, ignored her and appointed his own relative as coach.

Despite her qualifications for the post as coach of archery, the Director’s brother-in-law got appointed, who was not eligible for the same.

Addressing the media at Arunachal press Club on Wednesday, she said “I have won over 20 medals for the state, including a gold and silver medal in the National Games held in Kerala in 2015, besides two international medals. I am the first Arunachalee to win the team gold and also the first and only archer to win an individual silver medal in the National Games for our state.”

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As per Khelo India Scheme, she said that she should have been given first preference as she represented her country at recognized international events.

Tadar Apa did not deny any of the allegations but clarified that the government ordered for a re-evaluation of the results in Archery and the same have been sent to the Director General of Sports Authority of India (SAI), who will take the final call in the matter.

It is noteworthy that Apa issued an advertisement for walk-in interviews for 6 positions of coaches in various disciplines in December 2020. The ad was published for former athletes to apply for these posts, under the Khelo India scheme.

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