The sports ministry usually prunes the list, but IOA president, Narinder Batra, slammed the ministry saying he has unofficially learnt that at least 21 names have been cut from the yet-to-be-approved list.
On the issue of star players like Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu wanting to take their father and mother respectively to the games as part of official contingent, the IOA president said, "If an athlete is taking his or her parents as manager or as mentor, I am sorry, I have no authority to stop them".
The names of Annu Rani (women's javelin), P U Chitra (women's 1500m), Govindan Lakshmanan (men's 5000m and 10000m) and Siddhant Thingalaya (men's 110m hurdles) were there in the list even though they were not in the squad announced by AFI on March 10 after the Federation Cup National Championships (March 5-8).
The IOA secretary general, Rajeev Mehta, clarified that a list of 222 athletes and 74 officials, apart from the 20-odd extra officials, "which is a requirement, and not at government cost", has been sent for clearance to the government.
As expected, the slugfest between the Indian Olympic Association and the sports ministry has started and the reason is the all-familiar issue of the size of the Indian contingent.
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Tension has been simmering between the IOA and the Sports Ministry for some time, especially after the government's ambitious Khelo India School Games held here last month. Onigbinde, who managed Nigeria at the 2002 World Cup, said the expectations of Nigerians were very high on the team pointing if they can hit a run of wins starting from the friendly games, it can help them to go far at the Mundial. "I don't know why there is so much of noise from the government unnecessarily". "We will try to ensure that the player-official ratio is maintained", said the official.
"I'm a massive sports fan and jealous of athletes that can compete again and again and again at major competitions".
Batra also recalled the instance of boxer Sarita Devi having a tough time lodging a protest at the Incheon Asian Games. The chief coach had to supervise MC Mary Kom's bout.
According to the Director, Federation of Elite Athletes Department, FEAD, Mrs Tayo Oreweme, the National Sports Federations nominated athletes for the games and not the Ministry. "Instead the ministry should take responsibility for its actions", Batra said.
The new development could mean that all the 21 "extra officials" named in the list of Indian contingent circulated on Thursday could be cleared by the ministry to go to Gold Coast at no cost to the government.