P T Usha denies CWG officials’ claim
Sprint queen P T Usha on Sunday denied the Common Wealth Games (CWG) organisers’ claim that they mailed a formal invitation to her weeks back. HT reports.india Updated: Oct 03, 2010 17:20 IST
Sprint queen P T Usha on Sunday denied the Common Wealth Games (CWG) organisers’ claim that they mailed a formal invitation to her weeks back.
“I haven’t got any invitation. I have no complaints either. I took it up for many retired sportspersons who really wanted to take part in CWG. It is sad they were denied a chance,” she told the Hindustan Times.
After Usha expressing her regret CWG organizers claimed that they sent a mail to her and all Arjuna awardees would get special seats during the inaugural ceremony. “What is the point in reserving seats without invitation? This is not the way to treat sportspersons who brought laurels to the country,” she said adding after she aired her dissatisfaction many sportspersons have called up to say they were also not invited.
“I really wanted to help some of them who were keen to participate at the inaugural ceremony and other events. I sent at least a dozen mails and called up officials like Lalit Bhanot and Ravindra Choudhary, but none responded positively,” she said. However she said she would be reaching Delhi with Tintu Luka, a medal hope in 800m, on October 5. A product of the Usha School of Athletics, she has been coaching Tintu for the last four years.
The first Dhronacharya award winner and P T Usha’s former coach, O M Nambiar (78), also said he was not invited for the event. “These people are not interested in sports. If India wants to earn a good position in sports all politicians should be kept out of games,” he said.
“During such mega events almost all countries adore sportsmen and coaches of yesteryears. Though I am not in a position to travel, they could have at least send me an invitation,” lamented the country’s first Dronacharya award winner.