Para athletes get Rio respite
sports Updated: Jun 09, 2016 10:28 IST
NEW DELHI: In a huge relief to several Indian para athletes who have qualified for Rio Paralympics, the world governing body IPC has announced temporary lifting of suspension imposed on the national body last year so that Indians can take part under the tricolour in the showpiece event.
International Paralympic Committee, on May 31, decided to lift the ban on the Paralympic Committee of India with the sole purpose of allowing para-athletes of the country to compete at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games under the tricolour.
Till now, a record number of 20 Indian para-athletes have qualified for the Rio Paralympics to be held from September 7 to 18.
The ban will be lifted only up to the end of Paralympics and it can be re-imposed after that if the PCI fails to implement there forms outlined by the world body.
“IPC lifted the suspensions of the National Paralympic Committee (NPC) of India and Costa Rica on 31 May with the sole purpose of allowing Para athletes from the two countries to compete at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games under their respective national flags,” the world body said.
“Both India and Costa Rica need to make major reforms and the IPC will continue to closely monitor the implementation and timeline of these changes. Both countries will not fully satisfy their IPC membership until the reforms we have outlined to them are completed in full,” Xavier Gonzalez, the IPC’s Chief Executive Officer, said.