New Delhi, May 12 (ANI): Specially abled sportspersons staged a silent protest here on Wednesday against corruption in the Paralympic Committee of India, the body formed by the Union Sports Ministry.
The demonstrators complained that because of corruption, they are not getting proper facilities as an athlete.
"The Sports Ministry has allotted Rs 13,81,32,560, so where has the money gone? The sportsmen do not have any proper place to live. Swimming practices happen in a 50-metre pool for a 100-meter swimming championship," said Raj Shekhar, one of the protestors.
"How will the sportsperson win? The medals won by the specially abled sportspersons would also be included in the medal count of the country in the Commonwealth Games," he added.
The protestors demanded that they should be given better facilities, asserting that the Commonwealth Games (CWG) is just five months away.
"Our demand to the government is that the facilities provided to the abled sportsman of the country should be given to the specially abled ones as well. We do not expect more facilities than them but at least provide us that much," said Ranbir Singh, who is a national level competitor in Archery.
Many Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) also participated in the protest to demand equal facilities for the specially abled sportspersons.
Paralympic Committee of India is a non-partisan, non-profit and secular organisation, dedicated to the development and upliftment of 'physically challenged sports and wheelchair athletes'. (ANI)