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Para-Athlete Left To Beg In Berlin After Failing To Avail Govt Funds

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| July 12 , 2017 , 13:40 IST

In a huge negligence by the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI), a visually impaired Indian para-athlete was left in Berlin with no options but to beg for money as the government sanctioned money didn’t reach her.

Para-athlete Kanchanmala Pande was in Berlin to participate in the Para-Swimming Championships to be held between July 3 and 9 in the German capital. However, failing to avail the money sanctioned by the government for their tour, Pande had to beg on the streets of Germany in order to survive.

According to a report in India Today, five other athletes had to go through the a miserable experience in the foreign state after failing to receive their funds.

As a result of this negligence by the PCI, the sight impaired athlete was forced to beg and borrow money in the foreign country. However, this humiliating experience wasn’t enough to deter her determination.

Despite the horrible situation, the athlete was able to win a silver medal in the championship and qualified for the World Championships. Along with Pande, Suyash Jadhav was also able to snatch a silver medal and make it into the World Championships.

Kanchanmala in an interview with Mail Today said, “I never thought I would face such problems. I had to take a loan of Rs 5 lakh so that I could participate in the tournament. I had to qualify for the World Championships and I don't know why PCI didn't understand its importance.”

"I was not given any official confirmation if I will receive a reimbursement for the expense I bore. I had to pay around Rs 70,000 for the hotel and more than Rs 40,000 for food. There was a time when I had no money left. I was simply devastated. Moreover, they put my name in 50m Backstroke when it was never my event. I had to write letters to the International Paralympic Committee when a coach was appointed to take care of the swimmers."

In an aftermath, Ace Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra slammed authorities on Twitter saying, “This is UNACCEPTABLE. People must be held accountable” and tagged the Prime Minister and Sports Minister in his tweet.

 

Vijay Goel in response tweeted, “I'm informed funds were released to Paralympic Committee by SAI on behalf of @YASMinistry. Trying to ascertain from PCI where problem lies.”