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Sleepless at the Village, para-athlete suffers

other Updated: Sep 29, 2010 23:25 IST
Saurabh Duggal

They had entered the Commonwealth Games Village with the hope that having won laurels for the country, they would get preferential treatment.

Instead, Arjuna awardee Jagseer Singh, a para-athlete, and his coach, RD Singh, who is a recipient of the Dronacharya Award, spent a sleepless Tuesday night.

Allocated Room No 102-C in Tower 30, the duo discovered there was no electricity when they checked in at 1 pm. Repeated complaints through the day fell on deaf ears and the duo spent the night tossing and turning in their beds.

The power supply was finally restored at 3pm on Wednesday, which meant their ordeal had stretched beyond 24 hours.

“If this kind of a thing happens, we should understand that we are not great players after all. Jagseer and Singh sir are legends and if this is the way they treat para-athletes, then it shows the organizers in poor light,” said a para-athlete of the Indian contingent.

“In the Commonwealth Games, the medals of para-athletes will add to the country's medal tally, so we deserve to be treated with respect too,” said another player.

“They did lodge a complaint about electricity on Tuesday, but by then my shift had got over, so I have no idea why nobody responded to their complaint,” said a volunteer at the Games Village.

To add insult to injury, the flush in the room malfunctioned and it led RD Singh to lose his cool. The flush was rectified later giving the duo some kind of relief.

Even after the traumatic experience, Jagseer and his coach are ready to forgive and forget.

Uppermost on their minds is to ensure the Tricolour flutters proudly.