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Petitioning Bharti Airtel and 6 others

Airtel Delhi half Marathon: Treat Physically challenged participants equally


Procam International and Airtel are organising a Delhi half marathon 2012 which will be held on 30 Sept at New Delhi.

It seems like they are discriminating against physically challeneged marathon participants at their events by not providing even basic support and facilities, as they are doing with other participants. To Wheelchair Event participants and their attendants they are only providing participation certificates whereas everyone else gets a chance to get rewards and other benefits.

I am a paraathlete and have won a national award in power lifting from the Govt. of India. I have participated in their past Event and faced the problems. They don't facilitate physically challenegd athletes and they don't encourage/motivate them with any escort assistance, and they don't related accessories i.e. event kit, certificate etc.The escorts are getting no encourgement from the marathon team, even though they play an important role in such events.

I have registered for the event:

My participation details are below. ·         

Race Category:

Wheelchair Event ·      

Running Number: 24009 ·      

Application Id : 19394 ·     

Gender: F 

They do not have any defined norms and rules for race under Wheelchair category, as per Govt. norms people with disabilities need to be treated equally. 

The Delhi Half Marathon, over the years has had sporting luminaries like Daley Thompson, Jackie-Joyner Kersee, Sir Richard Hadlee, Alan Border and Cathy Freeman promote the event as its ambassadors, while its status of the world's richest and most prestigious half marathon has always attracted the world's best long distance athletes, who have returned super fast timings. The men's winner at the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2008, Deriba Merga of Ethiopia clocked 59.15 seconds, his timing equalling the world's fastest time for the year, sharing the honour with countryman Haile Gebrselassie. Merga went on to defend his title in 2009, again going under the hour mark, clocking 59.54 seconds.

 You can check the awards given in all categories at the event feel free to check th details here:

 http://www.procamrunning.in/adhm/content.php?code=AWARDS_ACCOLADES#MyAnchor

Join me in telling Procam Interational and Airtl to treat physically challenged people equal, the event is on 30th Setember an we need to ensure that they change their rules and rewards for the physically challenged.

Tell Airtel Delhi Half Marathon to do the following:

1) Provide Tshirts for each and every wheelchair marathon participant

2) Announce rewards for participants of the wheelchair event

3) Make sure that the escorts are given benefits as they play an important role in the participants race.

4) Better facilitation of the event

It's surprising to see Airtel sponsor such an event, which doesn't take care of physically challenged people in india.

Letter to
Bharti Airtel
Procam International
Bharti
and 4 others
Organisers Procam International
Bharti Foundation
Procam International
CEO Sunil Mittal
I've just signed the following petition addressed to: airtel.

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Equal treatment for people with disabilities at the Airtel Delhi half Marathon '12

Sir/ Maam,

As you know that the most awaited marathon in Delhi the Airtel Delhi half marathon 2012 is being held on 30 Sep. ' 2012.

I am ashamed to inform you that the even is discriminating against participants with disabilities at the event, by not providing even basic supports and facilities.

Such as,

-- Lack of facilities for physically challenged participants at the wheelchair event

-- The organisers don't encourage or motivate the people escorting the participants they aren't provided accessories such as event kit, certificate etc.

-- They do not have any defined norms and rules for race under the wheelchair category.

-- Even the rewards announced in the wheelchair category are just participation certificates.

It's all mentioned here http://www.procamrunning.in/adhm/content.php?code=AWARDS_ACCOLADES#MyAnchor

As a citizen of this country, I request you to treat the wheelchair event participants equally and make proper arrangements for their participation in the event.

Hence I request you to do the following:

1) Provide Tshirts for each and every wheelchair marathon participant

2) Announce rewards for participants of the wheelchair event

3) Make sure that the escorts are given benefits as they play an important role in the participants race.

4) Better facilitation of the event

It's surprising to see Airtel sponsor such an event, which doesn't take care of physically challenged people in india.

Looking forward to your early action,

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Sincerely,

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