19 sports trainers claim they were sacked for missing Run for
    Ahmedabad, Nov 8 (PTI) Several trainers hired by the
Sports Authority of Gujarat (SAG) to prepare young talents at
the school level on Friday alleged 19 of them were sacked for
being absent during the 'Run For Unity' event held on October
    The sacking, they claimed, came despite some of them
missing out on the event due to illness and pregnancy.
    "Our services have been terminated just because we
could not attend Run for Unity event at our respective
places," said Hansraj Chauhan, a fencing trainer stationed at
a school in Banaskantha.
    "I was at Jaisalmer in Rajasthan when I was asked over
phone to come back for the event. Since Diwali vacation was
announced in schools, many of us were out of station. Since I
could not come back in such short notice, I was sacked," he
    He said all 19 trainers would make a representation to
SAG officials at Gandhinagar on Monday against the decision.
    The notification, dated November 7, was addressed to
four private agencies which were roped in under the 'In-
School' scheme of SAG to provide trainers to prepare school
students in different sports such as Badminton, Athletics,
Fencing, Volleyball and Basketball. It said SAG Director
General CV Som has given assent.
    Som could not be contacted for comments.
    The notification, under the heading 'In-School Run for
Unity Absent Trainers detail' has a list of 19 trainers whose
services were terminated.
    These include one Mohammad Imran Shaikh, an athletics
trainer stationed at a school in Gandhidham, Kutch.
    In the remark section against his name, SAG noted
"Absent (Own Marriage)".
    Payal Antala, a badminton trainer from Navsari was
sacked as she was absent because of "Emergency Medical Leave
    Against three trainers, the remark said "Absent
(Dengue)", While one was "out of station" and another "out of
    As per the SAG website, In-School scheme was launched
in 2014-15 under PPP model to prepare school children for
different sports at young age without disturbing their
studies. PTI PJT PD

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