Disabled sportspersons protest outside Sports Ministry

Disabled sportspersons today staged a protest outside the Sports Ministry here alleging corruption in the management of disability sport.

Last Updated: May 13, 2010, 00:15 AM IST

New Delhi: Disabled sportspersons today
staged a protest outside the Sports Ministry here alleging
corruption in the management of disability sport.

They claimed Sports Minister M S Gill promised them
that he will appoint a two?member committee to probe into
alleged irregularities in the Paralympics Committee of India
(PCI) and investigate further before taking any major step.

A number of disabled sportsmen and activists led by
Disabled Rights Group (DRG) convener Javed Abidi staged the
protest and later met Gill at his residence.

Abidi said, "it is disappointing to see that even
after receiving hundreds of complaints from disabled athletes,
the minister is not convinced of the deep rooted corruption
that exists between the officials of the Sports Ministry and
PCI."

These athletes, who aim to participate in the
Commonwealth Games, have been complaining about no training,
leaving them doubtful about India`s performance in disability
sports during the games.

The upcoming Commonwealth Games will showcase as many
as 15 disability sporting events, from athletics to swimming
to table tennis. Out of these 15, India is not participating
in 4 sporting events.

"Although we do not have much time to lose, we will
wait for the Minister to respond and will take our next step
only after a week," said Abidi.

PTI