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Urge the IPC to allow our athletes to participate in the upcoming paralympic events under the Indian flag

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The International Paralympic Committee(IPC) de- recognised the Paralympic Committee of India(PCI) on April 15th 2015. They cited  "unresolved individual conflicts which are undermining the development of the Paralympic movement in India" as the reason for the indefinite ban. This is the 3rd time in 4 years that this Indian body has been derecognised by the international federation.

This issue is important as the suspension means that our athletes are barred from taking part in any IPC sanctioned events, including next year's Paralympics at Rio de Janeiro, for no fault of theirs. 

This petition is started to urge the petitioned officials and the PCI officials resolve their internal issues at the eariest and convince the international federation to lift the ban and allow our athletes to participate under the Indian flag.

With no access to formal coaching, limited access to funds , no sponsorship, barely any media coverage, these athletes, fighting against all odds, train to represent their country at various levels. Inspite of all the discrimination they are made to face, they do not fall behind in playing for their country. Is it then fair, that they should be stopped from participating in these events for no fault of theirs? Why should they suffer for the wrong doings of a select few officials?

While the enquiry on the PCI can go on, we request the Sports ministry to institute a new paralympic athletes committee in the mean time and urge the International Paralympic Committee to allow our athletes to participate in the upcoming events under the Indian flag.

We request the government to react to this situation asap and make sure our athletes do not miss out on the events coming up next month. They deserve much more than what is being done for them. It is not their fault and they should not be kept away from participating.

We also urge the government to also institute a new commission of sports persons who will represent the logistic and training needs of paralympic athletes and work towards providing them their basic rights.

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