|Correction (April 23): The article states Comite Paralimpico de Costa Rica was suspended on April 15. This is incorrect. According to an IPC communication, they were suspended by the IPC on March 4, 2015.|
Earlier today, India’s Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports formally suspended the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) citing gross negligence of athletes and poor management. The PCI had failed to respond to a request on Thursday seeking an explanation regarding problems identified by the government.
The letter sent to the PCI today with the news says that the Sports Authority of India had investigated complaints following the National Para Athletics Championships in Ghaziabad and found them to be credible. It also cited the IPC suspension “with immediate effect for unlimited period of time” in their reasoning.
The letter goes on to cite violations of the PCI’s terms and conditions of recognition, along with violations of the PCI’s own constitution as the cause. The letter claims the PCI “has not been functioning in the best interest of Para sport for which it was granted recognition as there has been large scale dissatisfaction among players and other stake hold thus resulting in adverse impact on the development of the sport as well as the future opportunities and prospects of Para athletes in the country.”
The letter gives no timeline or conditions for when the organization can regain recognition.
Yesterday, PCI Executive Officer Satyanarayana told India’s NDTV, “We will be meeting our athletes who are training in Delhi’s Nehru Stadium, and ask them what should be our response to the Sports Ministry. […] The IPC has said there is infighting, but that is not true. 99.5% of the members are together. We are all concerned about the pride of our country and our athletes”.
The Paralympic Committee of India was one of three NPCs suspended by the International Paralympic Committee on April 15. The other two were Kenya National Paralympic Committee and Comite Paralimpico de Costa Rica.