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Federation leaves para-athlete in the lurch

india Updated: Jan 20, 2011 22:33 IST
Priya Mahindroo

A goof-up by the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) has cost Asian Paragames gold-medallist Jagseer Singh a place in the five-member squad for the IPC World Athletics Championship, to be held in Christchurch later this month.

Not only did the PCI submit entries to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) three months after the deadline, it apparently failed to allot the right categories as well.

A sports ministry official, requesting anonymity, told HT, "We sent the names along with the categories in the way they were sent by the PCI. The PCI delayed in sending the entries and we intervened after the para-athletes requested us."

Craig Spence, the IPC's senior manager for media and communications, said in an e-mail, "The deadline for the NPCs (national paralympic committees) was October 6. NPC India contacted us on January 7.

"The letter stated that only Jagseer Singh was the T46 athlete in men's long jump and triple jump. The NPC did not state it wanted to enter Jagseer in javelin."

"It is disappointing that I have not been chosen despite performing well. Instead, it is Mahabir Singh (he finished fifth in triple jump in the Asian Paragames)," said Jagseer.

PCI claimed it was not to be blamed and that they had not sent wrong entries.