This time it is unceremonious parting ways with former 50m rifle 3 Position shooter and 2012 London Games participant Joydeep Karmakar.
Joydeep, who was appointed as the national chief coach after the Tokyo Games, has alleged that his contract expired in March, and he hasn’t heard from the federation yet.
“I don’t know if technically I can resign if my contract has not been renewed, but I have conveyed it to the NRAI that I don’t wish to continue as the coach,” he told TOI. “I have decided to not pursue the matter as I feel it is humiliating for me to not even get a communication about the status of my employment from the NRAI.”
Joydeep hasn’t been part of the team since May. However, NRAI secretary general Kanwar Sultan Singh told TOI that the former shooter took a decision in haste as his renewal was under consideration.
“All the coaches who had joined after the Tokyo Games, were appointed till the Paris Games, with the renewal happening every year. Joydeep’s renewal was pending as all the renewals happen together. The renewal process takes time and coaches keep working as usual and they get the renewed contract after some time. However, Joydeep stopped working assuming his contract will not get renewed,” the secretary general said.
He added that the contracts are renewed by the Sports Authority of India after NRAI sends the names.
Joydeep also said that another reason for him to not apply for the position again is the toxicity within the Indian team, which has left him demotivated. “There are a lot of things going on. I had written a letter to the then NRAI president Mr Raninder Singh about an altercation that had happened with the high-performance director, Pierre Beauchamp, but I didn’t get any reply,” he said, adding that the HPD later apologized to him.
“There is a lot of politics going on,” the shooter-turned-coachsaid.
Meanwhile, Kanwar Sultan did not rule out the chances of former High Performance coach Deepali Deshpande coming back as chief coach.
“Yes, why not? We want the best coaches for our shooters, and Deepali will be considered,” he said.