O P Jaisha marathon row: NCP demands Vijay Goel’s resignation

NCP leader Majid Memon described the abysmal treatment of India's marathon player as "a matter of great shame"

By: ANI | New Delhi | Published: August 23, 2016 10:10 am
OP Jaisha-m O P Jaisha said that while running the marathon at Rio Olympics, she encountered a series of unstaffed Indian desks, and that there was nobody to give her water or refreshments in blistering heat.

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Tuesday dubbed the abysmal treatment of marathoner O P Jaisha at the Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as shameful and demanded the resignation of Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs Vijay Goel.

NCP leader Majid Memon said, “Is it not a matter of great shame for us? We have to hang our heads in shame that our athletes who go to compete at world level, internationally, and we are expecting that they would bring gold for us, and we are not able to provide them water. I don’t know how the administration can be so careless, so insensitive and irresponsible I think the sports minister’s resignation should be a small compensation for this,” said Memon.

Jaisha said that while running the marathon at the Rio Olympics, she encountered a series of unstaffed Indian desks, and that there was nobody to give her water or refreshments in blistering heat.

“Running that distance, in that heat, you need so much water. There is a common water point after 8 kilomters, but you need water after each kilometer. Other athletes were getting food along the way. I got nothing. “I could have died there,” she said.

Competitors’ countries are entitled to place a desk every 2.5 kilomters to offer them liquids. Instead, it was official Olympics counters – placed about 8 kilometers apart- that Jaisha had to rely on.

Jaisha finished 89th in the Rio Olympics women’s marathon event with a timing of 2:47:19, and collapsed after reaching the end of the race. She was immediately taken to the nearest medical facility, where her coach Nikolai Snesarev got into an altercation with one of the doctors and ended up being detained for half-a-day by the local police.

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    ankush
    Aug 23, 2016 at 8:27 am
    Whatever was said by Mr Vijay Goel is very shameful but on the other end NCP should also be shameful with BJP as they are taking care of India since 50 years still they are not able to promote the sports. They are not providing any facility to athlete and they are expecting Gold from them. Shame on you all .You corrupt ministers
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    1. Virendra Sason
      Aug 23, 2016 at 5:22 am
      गोयल साहब यह क्या है ? आप जैसी शख्सियत से ऐसी आशा न थी। सभी हैरान हैं।
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        Archisman Mozumder
        Aug 24, 2016 at 3:35 am
        I hope that the NCP realises that smearing this with a political brush is not the solution. We have had sports ministers and officials with feudal mindsets and embarring skill-sets, across all political parties.
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        1. Sunil Sharma
          Aug 23, 2016 at 5:20 am
          THis TRUE FEKUJI COUNTRY LIES AND LIES TO COVER THE DEFECTS BE ,aulting Dalits in Gujurat. Now what Ms Jaiha says is true. lt;br/gt;JUMLA AND HIS GOVT performance is THIRD CL but Propaa MACHINE IS WORKING FULL SWING.lt;br/gt;THE COMMON MAN SHOULD NOT EXPECT ANY PROGRESS IN THE COUNTRY TILL THIS FEKUJI LOOSES in 2019.lt;br/gt;JAI BHARATMATAJI KI JAI. Hai Ram BHARAT BACHOE
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            Kavita
            Aug 23, 2016 at 1:49 pm
            Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports ! Does he know first thing about sport ? How can you expect any medals in Olympics when you can't even provide basic facility for athletes. Over billion people on television saw with their own eyes what happened. It was beyond pathetic. These govt officials can only shift the blame on others to save their own a**.
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