Minister of Sports Vijay Goel has said that his ministry is not responsible for all decisions pertaining to the arrangements for athletes at sports events. The minister said that Indian Olympic Association and other federations have a lot of involvement in decision making for athletes. Asserting the significance of sprinter OP Jaisha’s allegations, Goel said that he will look into the issue.
“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. “Public things that Sports Ministry is directly involved but its IOA and federations that have a huge hand in decision making”, added Goel.
“IOA takes care of these things (lack of refreshments), will look into matter”, he said reacting to a question asked on athlete OP Jaisha’s allegations of negligence by sports authorities, which led to her collapse during the event. Jaisha on Monday alleged that the negligence of the Indian officials at the Rio Olympics led to her collapsing at the finish line of the marathon. Revealing the apathy of Indian officials, she said that there was no deployment at the designated stations to provide the sprinters refreshments, most importantly water.
Jaisha alleged that officials from all other countries were present at every 2.5 km, everything to provide the athletes all basic refreshments, no one from 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.