Bengaluru: Barely has the sporting fraternity recovered from the news of an aspiring cricketer being sexually abused by a coach in the city, another horrifying incident of a coach misusing his authority has come to light wherein a 13-year old cricketer was physically assaulted by a team coach for not scoring as many runs as was expected of him.
The teenager has been left shocked and traumatised by the heinous attack which left him with blood clots all over his buttocks and thigh, which reflect the degree of aggression exerted by the enraged coach. In his fury, Ramana also pinched the youngster on the chest, as told by the boy’s family.
The boy was representing Basavangudi cricket academy, run by Karnataka State Cricket Association managing committee member and first class cricket umpire B K Ravi, in a private T20 tournament.
The boy’s family has alleged that B K Ravi had been apprised of the assault but he had not brought the incident to the notice of the KSCA.
When contacted; umpire B K Ravi said that boy’s father was trying to malign his image by making false allegations. He said “the boy’s father had requested me to help his son in getting selected for a KSCA zonal match. Since I am an umpire, I had flatly refused to bend rules for his son. He is angry that I don’t do illegal and unethical things. He is now claiming that his son was tortured. I am filing a case against him with the police"
Being a representative of the powerful cricket association, B K Ravi could have addressed the issue in the interest of cricketers and the game. But he chose to sweep it under the carpet.
Battered, bruised and in severe pain, the distraught lad had abstained from school for two weeks. Even today he is visibly shaken, that he was attacked in the midst of young, innocent, hapless team mates.
Though the incident happened in November, it is not too late for the child welfare authorities to file a case and have the errant coach arrested. A severe reprimand will deter coaches from assaulting young boys and girls in the future.