Disabled sportspersons protest outside Sports Ministry

Disabled sportspersons protest outside Sports Ministry

TIndian para athletes protesting against alleged corruption and mismanagement in the Paralympics Committee of India. APhey claimed Sports Minister M S Gill promised them that he will appoint a two–member committee to probe into alleged irregularities in the Paralympics Committee of India (PCI) and investigate further before taking any major step.

A number of disabled sportsmen and activists led by Disabled Rights Group (DRG) convener Javed Abidi staged the protest and later met Gill at his residence.Abidi said, "it is disappointing to see that even after receiving hundreds of complaints from disabled athletes, the minister is not convinced of the deep rooted corruption that exists between the officials of the Sports Ministry and PCI."

These athletes, who aim to participate in the Commonwealth Games, have been complaining about no training, leaving them doubtful about India's performance in disability sports during the games.The upcoming Commonwealth Games will showcase as many as 15 disability sporting events, from athletics to swimming to table tennis. Out of these 15, India is not participating in 4 sporting events."Although we do not have much time to lose, we will wait for the Minister to respond and will take our next step only after a week," said Abidi.

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