Manu Bhaker, one of India’s brightest hopes from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, ended all of her events without a single podium finish. While the shooting contingent overall had a disappointing run in Tokyo, the spotlight fell on Jaspal Rana. Manu Bhaker, following her departure from the Games, has shed light on the matter, especially over the controversy regarding coach Rana.
Manu Bhaker had a number of near-misses in Tokyo
Manu Bhaker had a number of near-misses in Tokyo, be it in individual or team events. While Manu’s scores in the Games had left her fans heartbroken, the talks of her rift with coach Rana was also making noise. NRAI chief Raninder Singh event went public about this tussle between Manu and her coach before the shooter arrived at the Asaka Shooting Range for her final event of the quadrennial event. Jaspal Rana was then removed from his job, with NRAI deciding to overhaul the coaching setup after the Tokyo Olympics disappointment.
Rana had made headlines for the wrong reasons
However, it wasn’t just this event where Rana had made headlines for the wrong reasons. Earlier, in the ISSF World Cup in New Delhi, Rana was spotted at the Karni Singh shooting range wearing a white t-shirt, on the back of which, an alleged personal message sent to him by Manu Bhaker was imprinted. Manu, in conversation with India Today, Manu opened up on the controversy.
I feel positive and happy about everything
“Firstly, I have been off social media for the last 4-5 months and I don’t have much clue of what is happening outside but about the coach thing — I have a lot of negativity in my life and shooting career as well, personal life and my family as well, 3 or 4 months back. It was very negative and depressing also but now I feel positive and happy about everything.
“I am very sorry, but he never dumped me. The federation took the decision because I told them and they also realised that everything was going negative with my life. The people whom I trusted the most tried to pull me down, maybe because of some personal benefits. I was asked to pull back on my face. There was a lot of negativity in my life,” the 19-year-old shooter said.
I have never sent any message to Jaspal Rana- Manu
Asserting that she never sent a personal message to Jaspal Rana, Manu said that her mother might have sent that message to him having seen her ordeal. “I have never sent any message to Jaspal Rana. I told you I have been off social media for some time now. My mother must have written it, she is a very emotional person. She saw that he hurt me during the World Cup, he was there but he was not really there. I had no other coach then, whenever I was looking for someone to help me, he was there for somebody but not me.
The shooter returns home empty-handed this time but surely has a bright future
When I told that to him, he said he did not have the accreditation card, but he was there with somebody else but not me. “Few people asked me about the message and I told them that I did not write it. I did not think if it was silly or not because I don’t have to. The thing which I didn’t even do, why will I think about it.”I respected him, I still do but the things he did with me was not at all good. I think the federation and the president helped me pretty well and yes, they took the decision and I think it was the right thing to do,” Bhaker added.
Manu still remains a teenager who is going to get even better. The shooter returns home empty-handed this time but surely has a bright future ahead of her.