I can’t fight against the government or AFI, but I know the truth: OP Jaisha

Indian athlete OP Jaisha has criticised Athletics Federation of India's statement after the association refuted Jaisha's claim.

By: Express Web Desk | Published: August 23, 2016 10:39 am
OP Jaisha-m OP jaisha had finished 89th in the race with a below-par timing of 2:47:19. (Source: File)

Olympic marathon runner O P Jaisha, who collapsed during her run at the recently concluded Rio Games, on Tuesday criticised Athletics Federation of India’s (AFI) statement on athlete not availing their services saying that Federation was making such comments without being present at the venue or knowing the entire truth behind her complaint.

“How would the representatives of Athletics Federation Of India know the truth if they were not even there? There are cameras everywhere now, they should check the cameras and they will get the answer,” Jaisha said.

The Indian sports bodies had recently come under flak after Jaisha had claimed that she was not provided any water and energy drinks by the officials despite designated stations were given for India during her marathon event. The runner had been rushed to a hospital when she had collapsed at the finish line after completing the marathon. She had finished 89th in the race with a below-par timing of 2:47:19.

The AFI had earlier refuted Jaisha’s claims and said proper arrangements were made for the marathon. It had added that neither Jaisha nor her coach had not told any athletics official present in Rio about any specific requirement for any drinks.

Jaisha however, dismissed the response cliaming her innocence. “I cant fight against the Govt or AFI and win maybe, but God and I know the truth, and I owe that to sports,” she said.

“I am sure that had something grave happened to me, AFI would have still said that OP Jaisha didnt avail refreshment,” she added

However, In Jaisha’s response, both Sports Ministry and AFI has denied to take the blame on themselves. Vijay Goel, sports minister, said it was the Athletics Federation of India’s (AFI) responsibility.

With ANI inputs

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    ram
    Aug 24, 2016 at 8:31 am
    Sell your worthless caste and get reservation
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      BHK
      Aug 23, 2016 at 10:16 am
      She might have died, your indic s.
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        Kd
        Aug 23, 2016 at 9:17 am
        Well, NAMO is not going to dismiss M/s Goel and co. Not unless some dalit commits suicide and the dalit vote is affected before UP elections (that is what it took for him to remove Smtiri Irani from HRD). No one person in independent India's history has broken promises and dreams the way NAMO has done. He is going to pay for it. It will start with a crushing defeat in the UP elections and culminate in his ouster in 2019. It is a different question as to what the alternative is. Military rule, in my opinion. We are not worthy of democracy, if our democratically elected sports minister leaves an athlete to die on the track out of dehydration in an event like the Olympics, and then puts the blame on the athlete.
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          Kd
          Aug 23, 2016 at 7:46 am
          Obviously she is lying, never mind the fact she was close to dying out of dehydration in the process of doing so. We need a Mudgal panel injury for all sports bodies in India.
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            Raj
            Aug 23, 2016 at 10:34 am
            I like your satire
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