Confirmed victory
Petitioning Secretary Sports P.K. Deb and 9 others

Punish PCI for disrespecting Indian Paralympians at 2012 games


Para-athletes insulted by Paralympic Commitee officials
In an outrageous incident, the coaches and family members of para athletes who participated in the London Paralympics 2012 weren’t allowed inside the Games village, instead their spot was given to seven PCI members/ officials.

The escorts and coaches weren't even allowed to meet the players inside the games village in London!

This has affected the players morally and has affected our team spirit as well. 

Farman Basha is an Arjuna award winner and power lifts for India, one of the most senior players in the Indian team who has been participating in the olympics for the last 4 years.

"I do not have an escort here and even my coach was not allowed to stay with me. I have been in London since August 11 and our federation's representatives promised that all arrangements will be made but nothing has been taken care of. I was confident of a medal but now all my training has gone in vain.

Another athlete, Amit Kumar Saroha who qualified for London Paralympics 2012, is a wheelchair participant. His coach was left stranded outside the village.

Like them there are many who were not allowed to come inside the games village. This includes all the coaches except for one who is a PCI member.

We request all Indians to support us and tell Mr. Ajay Maken (Minister of Sports) to take immediate action:

1. Investigate this incident and take strict action against the Minister,officials and Executive Members.

2. Derecognise the Paralympic Committee of India and form a new one.

3. Develop means to, spread awareness on para games and sports events

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Regards,

Pradeep Raj, International Para Athelete, Member of Disabled rights group

Farmaan Basha, Arjuna awardee, Paralympics participant 2012

Girraj Singh, 2004 Paralympian, General Secreatary Paralympic Committe, Haryana

News Sources:

CNN IBN : Are Indian Paralympians treated as second class citizens?

CNN IBN: Paralympians alledge lack of escorts 

Letter to
Secretary Sports P.K. Deb
Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports, (Independent Charge) India Jitendra Singh
Ex. Minister of Sports, India Ajay Maken
and 7 others
Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports, (Independent Charge) India Jitendra Singh
PS to the MoYAS A. K Singh
President of IOA V.K Malhotra
Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports, (Independent Charge) India Jitendra Singh
Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports, (Independent Charge) India Jitendra Singh
Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports, (Independent Charge) India Office of the Minister
Joint Secretary Sports Onkar Kedia
I've just signed the following petition addressed to: Minister of Youth and Sports Affairs, Mr. Jitendar Singh

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Dear Sir,

As an Indian citizen it disappoints me to inform you that the Paralympic team has faced injustice and needs your immediate attention. In the London Para-Olympics 2012 Indian officials were staying inside the games village while the coaches and escorts for Indian players were asked to stay in the city (outside the games village) at their own expense.

The coaches couldn't even meet the players inside the village.

What's alarming is that, the list provided by the Govt. these members weren’t supposed to stay in the games village.

When the event got closer, Ministry of Sports funded their trip and the PCI members forced themselves in the Games village depriving players of their escorts and Coaches.

Many paralympains feel that were there to represent our country, but sadly the corrupt activities of PCI members have affected our Olympic spirit.

Farman Basha is an Arjuna award winner and power lifter for India, one of the most senior players in the Indian team who has been participating in the paralympic for the since last 4 times. My wife and coach who were accompanying me for the event had her name in the list but was forced to stay outside the games village because her spot was given to the members of the PCI.

Another athlete, Amit Kumar Saroha who qualified for London Paralympics 2012, is a wheelchair participant. His Coach was left stranded outside the village.

Like them there where many who were not allowed to come inside the games village.

Please find below the list of Escorts and Coaches deprived of their rights to attend the event:

Coaches:

Naval Singh
K.S. Nizamuddin
Satyanarayana
Sadanand malashetti
John Christopher Nirmal Kumar

Escorts:
K N Govinda
Devender
Manguesh Umredkar
K N Vishwanath
Mrs. Antonita Farman

The PCI was only formed in order to provide assistance to the athletes, its sad to say that corruption the the Paralympic Committee of India has failed everyone.

After years of protest the PCI recognition was withdrawn by the Ministry of sports, but taking note of the Lonon Para-olympics 2012 it was recognised again.

After several protests on the issue no action has been taken by the minister.

I request you to take immediate action and :

1. Investigate this incident and take strict action against the Minister,officials and Executive Members.

2. Bring reformations in the Paralympic Committee of India immediately

3. Develop means to spread awareness on para games and sports events

Looking forward to your early action,
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Sincerely,