The sports ministry issued a show cause notice to the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) on Friday following allegations that passes and facilities meant for Indian participants and their coaches at the London Games were being used by PCI officials.
Accusing the PCI of poor coordination and mismanagement, the ministry asked it to explain within 15 days why it should not be suspended and its affiliation withdrawn.
Powerlifter Farman Basha and discus throwers Amit Kumar and Jaideep had last week lodged strong protests that PCI officials have denied accreditation and passes to their coaches and escorts, which eventually affected their performance.
Based on their complaints, sports minister Ajay Maken ordered issuance of show cause to PCI officials.
Amit Kumar and Jaideep were left frustrated because their coach Naval Singh could not stay with them at the Village as the accommodation was allegedly being used by officials.
The ministry alleged that coaches KS Nizamuddin, Satyanarayana, and John Christopher, along with escorts KN Govinda, Devender and Manguesh Umrekar too were “deprived of their right to attend the events”.
The PCI has also failed to disburse the sanctioned allowances to the sportspersons in time and it was done only after repeated reminders by the government.
PCI secretary general and Chef de Mission Ratan Singh blamed the low quota for the controversy.
“We had 10 athletes and a quota for six and I allotted two officials, two escorts and two coaches. The athletes wanted personal coaches. Subsequently after having a word with the Sports Authority of India, I sent two officials and got two more escorts in,” he was quoted as saying in a news agency report from London.