London Paralympics: Indian para-athletes refuse to enter Games Village

first_imgIn a controversy ahead of the London Paralympics, two Indian para-athletes — Amit Kumar and Jaideep — have refused to enter the Games Village until their personal coach Naval Singh was allowed to stay with them. A part of the 10-member Indian contingent, discus thrower Amit also claimed that he was not being allowed to participate in the category in which he was ranked number three in the world. “The coach under whom I have been training for six months, who understands my needs, is not being allowed inside the Games Village… I am ranked third in the world, but when I raise the issue (of not being allowed to compete in the category), our association asks me to shut up,” Amit said. Fellow discus thrower Jaideep said, “Only 10 days are left the event. I am not feeling strong mentally as I have not been able to practise under my coach. I have trained under him for eight months.” Reacting to the controversy, the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) said that the coach, Naval Singh, could only be allowed entry in the morning and he would have to leave by night due to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) rules. With just five days left to the Games, the issue remains unresolved. The London Paralympic Games are scheduled from August 29 to September 9.last_img

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