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Indian Deaflympics team stages six-hour protest at airport

Aug 01, 2017 18:37 IST
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The Indian contingent of hearing impaired athletes, returning to the country after its best ever performance in the Deaflympics -- clinching five medals, including a gold -- refused to leave the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi on Tuesday morning (5 a.m.) after realising that not a single official from the Sports Authority of India (SAI) or the sports ministry was present to welcome them. The contingent of 46 athletes and support staff felt the apathy from the officials indicated that the government was not acknowledging their success at the Games held at Samsun, Turkey. Apparently, the athletes also wanted to speak to sports minister Vijay Goel, to apprise him of the situation.