Ministry wants participation of para-athletes under tri-colour
The ban on PCI notwithstanding, Sports Ministry has requested the International Paralympic Committee to allow Indian athletes to participate in world competitions under the country’s national flag. Soon after the IPC suspended the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) on April 17 due to internal bickering, the Sports Ministry followed suit and de-recognised the PCI for shabby treatment of para-athletes during the National Para-Athletics Championships in Ghaziabad in March.
However, in a big boost to the <g data-gr-id="18">para-athletes</g>, the International Paralympic Committee on Tuesday gave them permission to compete at competitions under the IPC flag <g data-gr-id="17">inspite</g> of the ban slapped on the national body.
In response to a letter written by the IPC CEO, Xavier Gonzalez, the Ministry has also urged the international body that those who are not included under the Sport Data Management System (SDMS) may be permitted to participate in these competitions.
“The letter sent on Friday to Gonzalez has deeply appreciated IPC’s support for <g data-gr-id="20">para-athletes</g> and para-sports in India. It said that para-sports in India is at a nascent stage and needs to be encouraged in every possible manner,” the Ministry said in the letter to IPC.