London Paralympics: PCI officials avail accreditation for Games Village, leave athletes without coaches

first_imgDays after refusing to enter the Games Village in London, meant for the Paralympic Games , two Indian para-athletes – discus throwers Amit Kumar and Jaideep – have now written to Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken highlighting the greedy approach by the officials accompanying them that forced them to stay without their coach, who understood their special needs for the highest level of competition.Even as these athletes overcame odds to give their all to the nation, they have been hurt, disappointed and frustrated because their coach Naval Singh was not allowed by the organisers to stay with them. However, it later emerged that the organisers could not be blamed for the situation as the accreditation meant for the coaches was availed by the officials of Paralympic Committee of India (PCI), who used the facility to get their kith and kin into the Games Village.Denied access to their coaches, these differently-abled athletes were in for worse. Their support staff, the escorts who helped them around were denied passes that would have ensured their entry to the games village, leaving the athletes helpless.Headlines Today tried to find out who these greedy officials were who cheated the paralympians who have made India proud on several occasions.Leading the charge was PCI president Sultan Ahmed, who also happens to be Minister of State for Tourism at the Centre. With Ahmed setting the example, the treasurer and general secretary of the PCI also followed suit, bringing along their kith and kin for a free jaunt at the London Paralympics village.To make things easy for themselves, these officials named their relatives as assistants and officials. Thanks to the officials greed and apathy, these paralympians were left struggling.- With inputs from New Delhiadvertisementlast_img

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