Archery coach breaks silence and bellows that the allegations against him are "WRONG"
ITANAGAR: The Archery coach finally stormed out of befitting silence and bellowed that the allegations inflicted upon him are totally objectionable and wrong.
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On 7th September 2021, Ace Archer Miss. Yumi Sorang accused the sports department and the Sports Authority of Arunachal (SAA) of indulging in nepotism and abuse of power in the appointment of archery coach having gold and silver medals won in the National Games, Sorang returned her medals and certificates to the Arunachal Archery Association as a mark of protest.
Addressing a press conference at the press club, Yumi accused Sports Director Tadar Apa of abusing his power by appointing his brother-in-law, one Taba Nikia, as the archery coach. Yumi said that she has been deprived of the job in spite of her meritorious achievements in archery and her having the requisite degree for the post of archery coach.
Yumi alleged that she being the first Arunachalee to win the team gold medal in the National Games and also the first and only archer to win an individual silver medal in the National Games for Arunachal Pradesh was deprived of the platform that she deserved.
She further claimed that Taba Nikia is her junior who has not won a single medal at either the national or the international level.
On the 14th of September Sorang was offered a job as an Archery Coach on a contractual basis, which she had outrightly rejected, claiming her steps taken was not meant to get a job but to unearth the lacunaes that the Sports Department have and they ought to rectify it before it is too late.
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Lately, the alleged archer coach vehemently stormed his silence and went on to state that the entire excerpts reflected out of the ace archer tend to be faulty.
The allegations on him left him traumatized for quite some time reported Taba Nikia the Archery Coach. He further clarified that “People are making it out to be as if I was selected because of nepotism, which is wrong. I have performed quite well in the interview in comparison to other candidates. I duly got selected based on my performance in the interview and qualifications"
About Taba Nikia
He did his schooling at Sangay Lhaden Sports Academy (SLSA), Chimpu, and passed class 10 with 60 percent marks, besides training for archery. Even after passing out from the SLSA, Nikia along with 12 other students were called to continue training in the school.
Since the sports academy did not have a higher secondary, he joined Arunodaya School, Itanagar continuing to the training side by side.
Nikia is said to have studied at Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education (LNIPE), Gwalior He cleared the all-India entrance examination to achieve that feat. He was selected in the General category under 18th position, securing the ST rank was 8th position.
Nikia has completed his Bachelor of Physical Education (Integrated Course) four years degree from LNIPE, NERC, Guwahati under LNIPE, Gwalior.
- He won a bronze medal in archery in the Tribal National Archery Championship, Pune in 2011-2012.
- He received certificates for participating in various national archery competitions like 31st Sub Junior National Archery Competition, Dhanbad (Jharkhand ) 2011,
- He also achieved the same in such like the 33rd Sub Junior National Archery Competition, 2013, the 36th Junior National Archery Competition, Assam Kokrajhar, 2013, the 59th National School Games, Archery Under-17 category, etc.” said Nikia.
- He won the gold in the PYKKA state-level championship in archery in 2011 and 2012 and the silver medal in 2013.
- Nikia also won bronze medals in the first state-level Olympic Games in 2015 and school-level games in 2011 held at the SLSA, Itanagar. I can cite several such medals to my credit,” Nikia added.
- He also worked as a judge in the state-level Olympic Games in 2017 and 2020.
“I am not trying to prove something by speaking of my achievements. I have been compelled to share these things in public due to attempts to malign my image and my achievements. I had lost my parents at a young age, but I never gave up my dreams and used sports as a means to build my career. Unfortunately, many today have forgotten my hard work and are alleging me of using unfair means to get a job, which is wrong,” \ Nikia Added.
He reportedly has asserted that the Sports department in an unfair manner terminated him from his contractual job under the Khelo India scheme.
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