The Paralympic Committee of India has been suspended indefinitely by the Sports Ministry of India. The suspension comes in the wake of the mistreatment of the differently-abled athletes in the in the 15th National Paralympic Championships.
Paralympic Committee of India Suspended
In a statement to the press, a representative of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports was quoted saying:
“Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has suspended the recognition of PCI with immediate effect till further orders. In a communication sent to PCI, the Ministry has said that the decision has been taken in the wake of numerous serious complaints about poor management/conduct of the 15th National Para Athletics Championships 2015 held from 20th-22nd March, 2015 in Ghaziabad in all aspects viz. logistics, technical, administrative, etc.”
The National Paralympic Championships held at Ghaziabad has created a bad name for Indian sports. Athletes from different parts of the country saw their optimism quashed by the lack of facilities present.
Sports Minister: Well-being of athletes is a priority
“Well-being of all athletes is a priority for us. Differently-abled athletes and their well-being is a priority for us,” said Sonowal in a tweet, following it up with another tweet, saying, “Detailed report has been asked on the organization of the National Para-Athletic Games from Paralympic Committee of India.”
International Committee to work until a new body is formed
In a rather shocking, but welcome move, the Union Sports Ministry of the country has urged the International Paralympic Committee to run operations for the beleaguered PCI.
“In case, any inputs are required from Govt. of India in this regard, the Government will provide the same including suggestions on formation of the ad-hoc committee. Alternately, IPC may authorise the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India to constitute an adhoc committee. In the interregnum, IPC may authorize Sports Authority of India (an autonomous body of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India) to send entries of the Para athletes in the country for IPC sanctioned tournaments. An early action is solicited in the best interest of development and promotion of para sports in India and to protect the interests of Indian Para athletes.”