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Indian Weightlifting Team Left Without Physio AT CWG 2018

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| April 3 , 2018 , 17:05 IST

With only a day left for the Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast to start, the Indian contingent is hit with another blow of embarrassment.

After the whole syringe-saga where the Indian Boxing Camp breached the 'no needle' policy, it has now emerged that the Indian weightlifting contingent has been left without a physio or a masseur in the Games Village.

The weightlifting team was one of the first to arrive in Australia as they needed to acclimatize to the different time zones and weather conditions. Their physio Aakranth Saxena and Koteswara Rao who is their masseur accompanied them in Melbourne for this training camp and left for the Games Village on Sunday.

However, on reaching the village in Gold Coast, they were dealt a big surprise when they found out that neither Saxena nor Rao was being allowed to enter. Apparently, Saxena had accreditation but it was cancelled at the last moment.

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“Saxena's accreditation was issued but then, suddenly, it was cancelled. We don't know why it happened so suddenly. Every other Indian team have enough coaches, physios and masseurs, the only weightlifting is left to suffer. We need at least one physio.” said 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist, Sathish Sivalingam as quoted by Sportskeeda.

He also added, “We are the top medal contenders for India and yet, we have no physio or masseur with our team in the Games Village. Also, we have only four coaches whereas we need at least five to six.”

A similar set of events took place in the 2016 Rio Olympics Games according to Sathish who again is a contender to win the Gold Medal in the 77kg category in men’s weightlifting.

He also took to Twitter to express his angst: