New Delhi: Right through the recently concluded Rio Olympics, the media reported about the apathy of Indian sports officials.
On Monday, another story came to light after OP Jaisha claimed she wasn’t provided adequate drinking water during her marathon.
The 33-year-old had said that while running the marathon, she encountered a series of unstaffed Indian desks, and that there was nobody to give her water or refreshments in blistering 42 degree heat.
“Running that distance, in that heat, you need so much water. There is a common water point after 8 km, but you need water after each kilometre. Other athletes were getting food along the way but I got nothing. I could have died there,” she said.
Reacting to this development, BJP MP Paresh Rawal hit out at India’s ports officials in Rio and termed them ‘vultures’.
Competitors` countries are entitled to place a desk every 2.5 km to offer them liquids. Instead, it was official Olympics counters – placed about 8 km apart – that Jaisha had to rely on.Jaisha, who finished 89th in Rio Olympics women`s marathon event with a timing of 2:47:19, collapsed after reaching the final mark.
She was immediately taken over to the nearest medical facility, where her coach Nikolai Snesarev got into an altercation with one of the doctors and ended up being detained for half a day by the local police.