Sports Authority of Telangana State (SATS) Managing Director Dinakar Babu asserted that no irregularities had taken place in the body, and that some players had become scapegoats due to the mistakes committed by some officials in sports associations.
He also said that the organization was extending full cooperation to the ACB officials in the raids
, and had given answers to all the questions asked by them.
Speaking to the media on Thursday, Babu said that the Centre had banned fencing in 2016, and that was the reason that the medical colleges didn't consider fencing certificates and that students with awards in fencing were not considered for sports quota seats in medical colleges.
He also alleged that the Fencing Association of India was run by people with no accomplishments in fencing, and people who were giving out certificates as a business despite the ban on the sport. The association was encouraging backdoor entries, he added.
He also claimed that the selection process of players by the various sports associations was totally defective, and that the associations were selecting teams as they wished and sending them to the tournaments. Genuine players were not getting justice due to the misgovernance of the various sports associations, he said. But not a single player was meted out injustice by SATS itself, he claimed.
Babu said that SATS was contemplating a new policy to see that these mistakes would not repeat in the future. He also said that the authority would submit a comprehensive report to the government after the ACB inquiry.
Babu claimed that he had acted correctly in regard to the four players who were making allegations against SATS, and that the associations had misguided them. He said that he they sorry for them, but that it was not possible to include students with certificates in fencing, a sport which was banned, in the merit list.