In recently published minutes for a meeting on February 2, India’s Department of Social Justice and Empowerment Committee for Grants under Awareness Generation & Publicity Scheme denied a funding request to Indian judoka made by the Indian Blind and Para Judo Association who were requesting financial support for participation in the February Judo World Cup being held in Eger, Hungary along with funds for a Junior tournament and camp being held in the same period. The reason cited for declining the request was they held the organization does not fulfill the eligibility norms of minimum three-year standing as a registered organization because they only became a registered organization for these purposes on June 18, 2012.
If the Indians did find funding to attend, it makes the potential for them to qualify for the 2016 Summer Paralympics very difficult as they may not get enough points to get their individual global ranking up to 9th for men and 5th for women before the end of 2015. Currently, seven Indian judoka are internationally ranked. Karmpal is ranked 21st in the men’s -60 kg, Jaydeepkumar Hridaya Singh is ranked 17th in the men’s -66 kg event, Manoharan Janakiraman is ranked 18th in the men’s -73 kg, Ramesh Kumar is ranked 17th in the men’s -90 kg, Ravi Vijayashanthi is ranked 13th in the women’s -48 kg, Monisha Sundaramoorthy is ranked 10th in the women’s -52 kg event and Priyanka Annasaheb Ghumre is ranked 10th in the women’s -57 kg event.
The country sent 8 judoka to the 2014 Para Asian Games in South Korea, with Pappathi Chinnaswamy the only Indian competitor not currently internationally ranked. The team did respectably, earning a pair of bronze medals in the men’s and women’s team events.
India is not a particularly strong country in judo, and did not send any competitors in the sport to the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London. Indian Blind and Para Judo Association only came into existence in 2010 under the leadership of Shri Awanish Kumar Awasthi. At its founding, it only had 15 members.
At the same meeting of the Department of Social Justice and Empowerment Committee for Grants under Awareness Generation & Publicity Scheme, Cricket Association for Blind in India (Samarthanam) requested and awarded Rs. 26.00 lakhs (€365,810) for hosting tournaments, with Rs 16.00 lakhs (€225,136) for four zonal competitions and Rs 10.00 lakhs (€140,698) for a national competition.