first_imgManoj said that he will file a case in the Punjab and Haryana High CourtFeeling “insulted” after his name was not added to this year’s list of Arjuna awardees, boxer Manoj Kumar today said he would sue the Sports Ministry for the “injustice” meted out to him.The controversial recommendation of boxer Jai Bhagwan for the prestigious Arjuna Awards stands after the selection committee yesterday decided not to make any changes in the original 15-athlete list.Sports Authority of India Director General Jiji Thomson, who was part of the Awards committee, said the panel discussed seven athletes in the review meeting but it was unanimously agreed that no changes were needed.Manoj said that he had been assured by the sports secretary and Thomson himself that his name would be added in yesterday’s meeting and their backtracking was a “betrayal”.”When my elder brother met the Sports Secretary on August 13, the Sports Secretary had admitted that there was a mistake on the part of the ministry by mistakenly thinking that I was involved in a dope offence. Mr Ajit Sharan had told my brother that my name will be added in the review meeting,” Manoj, who is in the national camp at the NIS, said.”The SAI DG himself called me up the next day (August 14) that my case will be considered and no injustice would be done to me. He assured me that my name will be added in the Arjuna list. But all these turned out to be false promises and they have backtracked now. I have a trial for the Asian Games next week and I am in severe mental stress,” he said.advertisement”First, they tarnished my image by mistakenly calling me a dope offender and then betrayed me by backtracking on what they had promised. It’s an insult and betrayal,” a dejected Manoj, who won a gold in 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, said.Manoj’s elder brother and coach Rajesh Kumar said that he will file a case in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.”This is an injustice to my brother. What motivation an athlete will have to bring laurels for the country if he was treated like this. I will file a case at the High Court in Chandigarh very soon.”I will file an RTI to the government tomorrow first and then the case at the High Court. I will ask for the points Manoj has got under the marking system used by the selection panel and the points earned by the 15 recommended athletes. That information will be used as evidence in the High Court case,” said Rajesh.Rajesh also wondered how Thomson can claim that Manoj has time with him and he can get the award later on. “How can it be? He (Manoj) won a gold in the 2010 Commonwealth Games and this achievement will not be considered for next year’s Arjuna Award as only four-year achievement is counted. Next year’s Arjuna will start counting achievements from 2011 onwards,” he said.”Otherwise, what is the point of waiting. If a person is deserving, then he is deserving. Many a times in the past, two athletes from the same sport were given Arjuna.”Rajesh said Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had also assured, through his personal secretary, that the case of Manoj will be addressed and those officials who committed the mistake of taking him as a dope offender will be taken to task.”I sought a meeting with the sports minister on August 13 and I waited for him late on that day. The Minister returned to office around 9:30pm after some work. The Minister sent his PS to tell me that Manoj’s case will be reconsidered in the selection committee meeting.”The PS also told me that the officials who placed Manoj’s name as a dope offender before the selection panel will also be taken to task. But now it turned out that all these were just talk in the air,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgTim Sullivan speaks at the BizTimes M&A Forum earlier this year.Fiscal year 2018 was full of challenges for Milwaukee-based specialty vehicle maker Rev Group Inc., which chief executive officer Tim Sullivan said would be an understatement.Tim SullivanCredit: Alex Schneider“Quite frankly, anything that could go wrong, did go wrong and then some,” Sullivan said. “It was particularly frustrating since many of the issues were out of our control.”A fire at a supplier delayed shipments earlier in the year and then tariffs increased costs and lead times, making it difficult for the company to meet customer demand. Rev Group said on average three to six week lead times had increased to 10 to 15 weeks by the end of the year.“You can’t build what you don’t have and you can’t ship what you can’t build,” Sullivan said. For the year, Rev Group’s sales increased 5 percent for the year to $2.38 billion, but net income dropped from $31.4 million to $13 million. The fourth quarter included a 3.5 percent net sales decline and a net loss of $22 million, compared to net income of $22.7 million.After the third quarter, the company said the issues had pushed $120 million of orders into 2019. Sullivan said another $40 million of fire truck orders would also be pushed to 2019 because of “meaningful labor inefficiencies.”“I always say never squander a good crisis and this one has been no exception,” Sullivan said. “As our shipping performance slowed due to a lack of chassis and material, we were able to review our operations to find areas of waste and significantly reduce our corporate overhead expenses. This will make us a better company moving forward.”The company also announced it plans to sell Revability, its mobility van business, for $40 million and a regional technical center in Alvarado, Texas for $12 million. Sullivan said the company would divest non-core businesses or those that took too much effort to improve profitability. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more