Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel while responding to the enquiry led by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against two doctors who were sent by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to the Rio Olympics, said on Saturday that Indian Olympic Association (IOA) will check bio-data and expertise of contingents before clearing their names, reported news agency ANI. “Decided that IOA will check bio-data&expertise of contingents & then clear names, earlier it was done under good faith,” he was quoted saying by the agency.
Earlier in the day, Joint Secretary of the Association also lent his support to the CBI by adding that the sent doctors belong to reputed fields. “They both were reputed doctors, one belonged to the Army and the other was a government doctor. The CBI is an eminent agency and, therefore, the concerned person must cooperate and support the enquiry,” Pandey told ANI. He also mentioned that the documents related to the enquiry need to be submitted.
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“There is no issue regarding that. As per my knowledge, there are senior and junior doctors and as IOA doesn’t pay the doctors, they voluntarily offer services. This is a normal procedure,” Pandey asserted. He further said that those who have knowledge about the sports field are approached by the IOA to avoid mismanagement. Yesterday, in a shocking development, a probe by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) revealed that unqualified doctors were sent with players for the tournament.
It claimed that Pawandeep Singh and R.S. Negi were sent to Rio Olympics along with the Indian sports contingent without proper qualifications. The step was seen as ‘favouritism’ on the part of IOA as Pawandeep’s father, Tarlochan Singh, is the vice-president of the IOA while, Negi is a distant cousin and close friend of IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta, reported ANI.