Indian athlete o. P. Jaisha on Monday told reporters of the apathy of the Indian officials at the Rio Olympics, which led to her collapsing at the finish line of the marathon.
Indian athlete o. P. Jaisha on Monday told reporters of the apathy of the Indian officials at the Rio Olympics, which led to her collapsing at the finish line of the marathon. Jaisha revealed that no Indian official was present at the designated stations to provide them with refreshments, most importantly water. Though officials from all other countries were present at every 2.5 km to provide basic refreshments, no one from the India was present at the refreshment centres to help the national record holder. The organizers provided water and sponge only at 8-km intervals. This water lasted only 500 metres, added Jaisha.
She said that it was impossible to run after 30 km in the scorching heat. The temperature in Rio was 48-49 degree celsius, she added. She expressed her sadness saying that while officials from other countries were present with their national flags to support and encourage their athletes, nobody from India was to be seen. Seeing the Tricolour, gives one a special kind of power, she said. She complained that while other athletes were provided with the luxury of boosting their energy with glucose and honey, Indian officials were absent to provide even water to Jaisha nd Kavita.
The consequence of running a marathon in such heat without any water was seen when Jaisha collapsed at the finish line and gained consciousness only after 2-3 hours. The athlete managed to finish her race in 2:47:19, while earlier in Beijing she had clocked an impressive 2 hours 34:43 to finish 18th. Jaisha remained confident about a better finish if she was given basic refreshments like water at regular intervals.