In a shocking development, a probe by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) revealed that unqualified doctors were sent with players for the tournament, reported news channel CNN News 18 on Friday evening. As per the report, CBI has registered preliminary probe and has hinted at nepotism. It further added that two doctors are currently under the radar. As per a report by Republic TV, Pawan Deep Singh & RS Negi, who didn’t have the requisite qualification and experience. The tournament took place in Brazil’s Rio last year between 5th August to 21st August 2016 where India managed to win just 2 medals.
There was a huge controversy regarding India’s medical team even when the tournament was going on. After India’s female wrestler, Vinesh Phogat, who is also the cousin of famous Phogat sisters suffered a freak injury, had to be stretchered off from the wrestling arena to a waiting ambulance. She was attended by Indian contingent’s chief medical officer (CMO) Pawandeep Singh and the other doctor Col RS Negi. Interestingly, both these doctors were radiologists and not sports medicine doctor, as per a report published by The Indian Express.
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However, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) officials claimed that Pawandeep was selected as he had served as the chief medical officer of the South Asian Game but as per the report, there was no mention of this on IOA’s official website. Questions were raised on his selection as Pawandeep’s father Tarlochan Singh is an IOA vice-president. Negi, on the other hand, is a distant cousin and close friend of IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta.
Many Indian athletes like OP Jaisha, Saina Nehwal and hockey team vice-captain SV Sunil suffered injuries during the tournament. Some athletes and coaches were quoted by The Indian Express saying that Pawandeep’s standard response to most complaints of injuries has been a dose of Combiflam. However, his father had responded by saying, “He is chairman of IOA’s medical commission and held similar positions at the SAFF Games. Besides, he is also a member of Commonwealth Games Medical Commission. He is a genuine doctor.”