PCI says could not withdraw money for Kanchanmala Pande due to court matters

The Paralympic Committee of India stated that Kanchanmala Pande could not get the money she was supposed to because a court-appointed committee chairman wasn’t available to disperse the funds.

other sports Updated: Jul 12, 2017 20:59 IST
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Press Trust of India
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Kanchanmala Pande won a silver medal in the Para-Swimming Championships in Berlin. (Facebook/Vinod Deshmukh)

The Paralympic Committee of India today washed its hands off the reported incident of a blind para-swimmer being left to fend for herself in Berlin, saying the sanctioned amount could not be distributed due to the non-availability of court-appointed committee chairman.

Reports said that Kanchanmala Pande, who took part in the Berlin Para Swimming Championships with five others, was forced to borrow money in Berlin from a friend and was fined for travelling without a ticket on public transport after she was not given enough money by the PCI.

The PCI vice-president Gursharan Singh said that the national Paralympics body could not be blamed for the incident. He said the fund sanctioned by the government could not be withdrawn as the PCI needed the approval of Justice (Retd) Kailash Gambhir, who was appointed by Delhi High Court as Chairman of the Committee.

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Under the order of the High Court, which appointed the committee, the PCI needs the approval of the committee to withdraw money till a pending case is decided.

“We feel sad that this kind of incident had happened, it should not happen again. We regret that this incident had happened. We will seek a report from the team manager and find out how this had happened,” Gursharan told PTI today.

First Published: Jul 12, 2017 18:51 IST