While sports authorities have denied Marathon runner OP Jaisha's allegations that she was not provided water and energy drinks during her run at Rio Olympics 2016, another marathoner, Kavita Raut, has supported the Indian officials at the mega event
While sports authorities have denied Marathon runner OP Jaisha’s allegations that she was not provided water and energy drinks during her run at Rio Olympics 2016, another marathoner, Kavita Raut, has supported the Indian officials at the mega event. In contrast to Jaisha’s claim, Raut told ANI that the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) officials provided all facilities to her and that she has no complaints against them. Kavita further said, “I can only speak for myself. I was offered energy drinks etc by the officials before the marathon but I had refused.”
On Monday, Jaisha told reporters that she collapsed at the finish line after her run as no Indian official was present at the designated stations to provide them with water and energy drinks, though officials from all other countries were present at every 2.5 km to provide basic refreshments.
The organisers provided water and sponge only at 8-km intervals. This water lasted only 500 metres, said Jaisha.
However, the AFI refuted Jaisha’s allegations, saying Jaisha and Raut had declined the offers made for refreshments, and they had told the team manager that there was no requirement of personalised drinks, and if required, the drinks present at the water and refreshment booths set up by organisers will be enough. Jaisha had claimed that the organisers provided water after every 8 kilometres.
“Each team is allowed to keep its own personalised drinks on the booths, marked in a colour as per the choice of the team and athlete. Accordingly, as per the rule, on the night ahead of women’s marathon race, Indian team manager carried 16 empty bottles, eight each for Jaisha and Kavita Raut and visited the duo and their coach Nikolai Snesarev in their room,” the AFI said.