Sportspersons often accuse authorities and federations of promoting their personal favourites during selections for tournaments. But it appears that they themselves are no different and choose nepotism over talent.It is pretty evident when wrestlers have to recommend the names of coaches for the coveted Dronacharya award every year. Wrestlers sweat with the national coach for eight to ten months a year, but send the names of their relatives or personal coaches for the award.There are six contenders – Sujeet Mann, Virendra, Mandeep, Satyawan, Ranvir Singh Kundu and 95-year-old Khalifa Jasram – in wrestling for this year’s Dronacharya award. A highly placed source in the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) told Mail Today that Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik has recommended her father-in-law Satyawan for the prestigious award.”Satyawan is not even a NIS qualified wrestling instructor and has never participated in national training camps. Satyawan has spoken of training Lalita Sehrawat, but it never happened. Lalita is Sakshi’s friend, so you can guess what actually happened,” sources said.Sources further said that Sujeet, who was the coach of Indian wrestling team in Jakarta Asian Games, is being considered the strongest contender this year. He joined the senior team in 2011 as a coach and has been running as a senior coach since then. He was the coach with the men’s team at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games in which the two-time Olympic medal winner Sushil Kumar won gold. The WFI has recommended his name for the award.Controversy has never been far from Dronacharya awards. Last year’s applications for the award saw two coaches – Kuldeep Malik and Mandeep – claimed to have coached Sakshi for the bronze medal glory at the Rio Olympics. While Malik has been the chief coach of the women’s wrestling, Mandeep, according to his affidavit to the Ministry, claimed to be Sakshi’s coach since her childhood. Both the applications had Sakshi’s signature.advertisementThe others in fray for Dronacharya Award include Vijay Sharma (weightlifting), Jaspal Rana (shooting), Tarak Sinha and Sanjay Bharadwaj (both cricket). One of the award committee members happens to be Viren Rasquinha, former India hockey player who is now heading an NGO which promotes sports. Sources told Mail Today there was potential ‘conflict of interest’ in Rasquinha’s presence.Last year, P Gopichand was in the committee and he had nominated Gangula Prasad for the Dronacharya award. One hopes there is no instance like this on Sunday when the committee meets and there is a conflict of interest.