Vijay Goel constitutes two-member committee to probe allegations made by OP Jaisha
Minister of Sports Vijay Goel today constituted a two-member committee to look into the allegations of negligence made by marathon runner OP Jaisha. Marathon runner Jaisha, who represented India in a 42-km long run at Rio Olympics, alleged that negligence of the Indian officials led to her collapsing at the finish line during the race. Slamming Indian officials for their apathy during the event, the runner said that there was no deployment at the designated stations to provide basic refreshments, most importantly water.
As per Jaisha, while officials from all other countries were present at every 2.5 km to provide all the basic refreshments to their representatives, no one from India was present at the allotted centers to help the national record holder. All the organisers provided water and sponge, that too at an interval of 8 kilometers. Jaisha said that this water lasted only 500 metres.
The Minister of State, Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Vijay Goel has constituted a two-member Committee consisting of Shri Onkar Kedia, Joint Secretary (Sports) and Shri Vivek Narayan, Director (Sports) to enquire into the allegations of Ms. OP Jaisha,” a press release from ministry said.
Yesterday, on being asked about Jaisha’s allegation, the sports minister had assured media of probing the matter further. However, Goel had said that sports ministry is not responsible for every decision pertaining to the different events at Olympics. Stating that other parties also have an involvement in decision making, Goel said that Indian Olympic Association and other federations have a lot of involvement in decision-making for athletes.
“IOA takes care of these things (lack of refreshments), I’ll look into matter, I didn’t call this a minor incident, but sometimes Sports Ministry is not directly involved in a lot of things”, Goel was quoted as saying by ANI.
The committee will submit its report in seven days.