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In a phone call with ParaSport News,  Craig Spence, the IPC’s Communication and Media Director, said that the International Paralympic Committee has reached out to the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) and talked to the organization’s president, Rajesh Tomar, about the conditions at the 15th National Para-Athletics Championships.  The IPC should be getting a copy of the report being produced by the PCI that the PCI expects to be delivered on Thursday.

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Spence said that the IPC has a vested interest in treatment Paralympic athletes, and that news of poor conditions is something they do not look favorably on.  He said that the PCI said the event was organized by the national para-athletics organization, who are not affiliated with the IPC.  The current situation in India is that there are two rival national Paralympic organizations, with one, the PCI, being recognized by the IPC.  This event was apparently organized by the rival organization as a counter to the big Indian Open Para Games scheduled for New Delhi in early May.   The PCI is currently in good standing with the IPC.

 

Beyond the IPC waiting for a report, the Indian Sports Ministry, the Paralympic Committee of India and others are currently looking into an explanation as to why conditions at the National Para-Athletics Championships were so bad.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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