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Updated: September 3, 2012 03:45 IST

Not provided with escort, alleges Paralympics athlete

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Farman Basha.
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Farman Basha.

We cannot have an escort for every athlete in the Games Village, say team officials

Controversy broke out on Sunday among the Indian Paralympic team as an athlete complained about non-availability of escorts even as team officials sought to downplay the issue.

Powerflifter Farman Basha said he was not provided with an escort and it had affected his performance in the London Paralympic Games.

“I do not have an escort here and even my coach was not allowed to stay with me. I have been in London since August 11 and our federation representatives promised that all arrangements will be made but nothing has been taken care of,” said Basha, who is competing in the men’s 48kg PO classification powerlifting event.

‘Movement restricted’

“My escort was supposed to take me to the dining area, which is half kilometre away but he was not available. Only one escort is here for all of us. It is very difficult for us to move around in wheelchairs. I was confident of a medal but now all my training has gone in vain,” he said.

‘Doing our best’

Officials accompanying the team, however, said they were trying to manage as best as possible with the number of persons authorised to stay inside the Games Village.

“We cannot have an escort for every athlete. We have 10 athletes and only six people have been sanctioned to stay inside the Games Village. We are managing things with some people coming early at the Village and leaving late in the evening,” an official said.

“The few people available will have to manage and escort the 10 athletes. We are doing that and managing things.”

Amit Kumar, who is competing in men’s discus-throw, F51/52/53 category, said officials were doing their best under the circumstances.

“I don’t know [whether] the athletes of other countries also face these kinds of issues. But our officials are doing their best. Each of us cannot get a coach and an escort,” he said.


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we are 110 million people of india, all anxious to listen the yes we got the gold in olampic but every time same repated mistakes and every time we replay 'we learnt the lesson this time" and each and every time we say same dialouge from 65years for the that perticular incident and we have very sort term memory and forget ,when another event we are freash and new to handel the same.
Farman Basha a strugller from his natural birth, he given massageto us mormal humen that yes we can do it if we have the dedication toward what we do. we remember his strugle even to get the sponsership to enter into the events in early year 2000 but he never let down his target down to enter in this internal event ,but we are the people spending cores of rupees on criminal security have no arrengement and fecility for Sportmen like FARMAN BASHA his life strugling has just veined becas of our ignorence what a shame on us!!!!!!!!!!!

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