[AI] Disabled group demands sacking of swimming coach, official
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Sat Aug 7 23:46:18 EDT 2010
New Delhi, Aug 7 (IANS) Irked with a swimming coach and an official of
a sporting body, the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for
Disabled People (NCPEDP) has written to Sports Minister M.S. Gill to
sack them ahead of the Swimming World Championship Aug 15-21.
The letter written Friday alleges that the disabled athletes are
facing continuing discrimination at the hands of corrupt sporting
bodies like the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI), and the
indifference of the sports ministry.
“It is the first time that four Indian paralympic swimmers have
qualified for the World Championships. A good performance will impact
the probability of our swimmers for the London Paralympics 2012,”
NCPEDP director Javed Abidi said.
“The team is supposed to leave Aug 12 but the swimmers have still not
been informed if they are going or not. Neither have their funds been
sanctioned nor their visas arranged,” he added.
“Moreover, they are currently undergoing coaching on their own and at
their own expense,” Abidi said.
The PCI has said that if the swimmers want to participate in the World
Championships, they will have to fund the tour themselves, he said.
The NCPEDP demanded that V.K. Dabas, coach of the Indian para swimming
team from the Paralympic Swimming Federation of India, and C.V.
Raghunath, administrator of the PCI, be sacked.
“The four players are not and don’t even want to train with Dabas.
Then why his name is being proposed by the PCI as coach for the world
championship? As for Raghunath, he is neither disabled nor does he
have anything to do with swimming,” Abidi argued.
He added that it is high time the sports ministry puts a stop to
foreign tours of corrupt PCI officials at the expense of the public
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