Sports Ministry issues show-cause notice to Paralympic Committee of India

New Delhi: The Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) has been show-caused by the Sports Ministry following complaints and reports about the injustice done to the players, coaches and escorts who are part of the Indian contingent for the London Paralympic Games, 2012.

It has been learnt that that while the coaches & escorts of Indian players were not allowed to stay in Games Village and were asked to stay in the city (outside the Games Village) at their own expenses, the officials were staying inside the Games Village. The coaches could not even meet the players inside the village. Reacting to the situation, Sports Ministry has now asked the PCI for an explanation within 15 days.

“Accordingly, PCI, is called upon to explain as to why the Govt. should not take up the case of PCI for suspension/ withdrawal of recognition as per clause 8 & 10 of Annexure-III of Scheme of Assistance to NSFs,” a Sports Ministry release said.

“The PCI is directed to submit, within 15 days from the date of receipt of this Show Cause Notice, a detailed reply failing which it would be presumed they have no submission to make and action will be taken ex-parte.

Powerlifter Farman Basha who is there in London competing has complained about the situation and has also said that it had an adverse effect on his performance.

“Farman Basha who is an Arjuna Awardee and one of the most senior players in the Indian Team has reported that PCI’s officials were staying inside the Games Village and using the free facilities meant for athletes and their support staff. His escort Mrs Antonia and personal coach Sadanand Malashetti were not allowed to enter the Games Village despite having the permit. According to him, the absence of the escort and his coach affected his performance,” the release further added.

The PCI also failed to get accreditation for any member of the Indian High Commission, London despite request from the Government.

The High Commission was assigned the task of media management for the Indian contingent for the London Paralympic Games, 2012.

By Indian Sports News Network