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.
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.