OP Jaisha runs marathon without water, energy drinks as Indian officials go missing

OP Jaisha said that she got no response from the officials when she tried to get a clarification on the issue.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: August 22, 2016 7:39 pm
OP Jaisha, OP Jaisha Indian officials, OP Jaisha Athletics federation of India, OP Jaisha AFI, OP Jaisha collapse, OP Jaisha marathon, Indian officials Rio, Rio 2016 Olympics, Rio Olympics, Rio, OLympics OP Jaisha claimed that the Indian officials did not provide her with water nor energy drinks, despite “designated stations” were given to the country’s officials.

Indian Olympic contingent failed to make a mark at the Rio 2016 Olympics. But some of the scenes from Brazil not only saw the athletes embarrassed, but also crying for help. OP Jaisha, who finished 89th in Rio Olympics women’s marathon event with a timing of 2:47:19, collapsed after reaching the final mark. She was immediately taken over to the nearest medical facility.

Jaisha’s coach Nikolai Snesarev also got in altercation with some Rio officials which left him at a local police detention center.

So what led to such an incident? Jaisha claimed that the Indian officials did not provide her with water nor energy drinks, despite “designated stations” were given to the country’s officials.

“It was very hot there. The competition was at 9am, I ran in scorching heat. There was no water for us, neither recovery drinks nor food. Only once in 8kms did we get water (from the Rio organisers) which did not help at all. All the countries had their stalls at every 2kms but our country’s stall was empty,” OP Jaisha told Times of India.

“We are supposed to be given drinks by our technical officials, it’s the rule. We cannot take water from any other team. I saw the Indian board there but there was nothing. I had a lot of problem, I fainted after the race. I was administered glucose, I thought I would die,” she said.

“My coach was very angry and he ended up arguing with the doctors. The coach thought I was dead. He pushed the doctor to enter my room because he knew he would be held responsible if anything happened to me,” she added.

Jaisha also said that she got no response from the officials when she tried to get a clarification on the issue. When the Indian Sports Minister Vijay Goel was asked about the issue, he said that it was a concern of the Athletics Federation of India (AFI).

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    Abhinav Gour
    Aug 22, 2016 at 9:08 pm
    Someone give drinks to goyal ji....he may faint any moment taking selfies...n do provide him some rickety federations to p d blame on!
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      Nifhi
      Aug 23, 2016 at 3:28 pm
      Shame On dirty Indian politics send officials
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        Bnm
        Aug 22, 2016 at 8:39 pm
        Kick the officials and heartless ministry
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          Razak
          Aug 22, 2016 at 10:37 pm
          Theesta Stelvad for Stealing Kachoriwala for forever crying baby Sonia for whitest skin Pappu for Grownup kid in diapers Robber BADra for fastest billions stolen looted in any time period.
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            Vayathi
            Aug 22, 2016 at 4:47 pm
            That bugger sports minister was busy taking selfies like his boss Modi.
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              Chandra Shekar
              Aug 22, 2016 at 7:28 pm
              What a bunch of novices? Even if the athlete and the coach( he must be a fool) decline water, for a 42 km run, the AFI should have their own protocol. There is no super human on earth capable of running 42km in the heat without water.lt;br/gt;It appears that the politicians and officials were touring around Rio whilst this brave young woman was close to death. Shame on the Central minister and the Haryana minister who came for a jolly. PM Modi cannot condone such corruption and nepotism if this country has to become great. What we have encountered here is not greatness but shame.
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                Mahesh
                Aug 22, 2016 at 2:33 pm
                Really sad. Glad she survived. Fire Sports minister first. I diot was taking selfies left and right.
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                  Mahesh
                  Aug 22, 2016 at 6:35 pm
                  TOI has following...AFI did offer it seems....Ms. Jaisha declined it...according to TOIlt;br/gt;However, the AFI in a statement said: "Each team is allowed to keep their own personalised drinks on the booths, marked in a colour as per the choice of the team and athlete. Accordingly, as per the rule, on the night ahead of women's marathon race, Indian team manager carried 16 empty bottles, eight each for Jaisha and Kavita Raut and visited the duo and their coach Nikolai Snesarev in their room.lt;br/gt;"The team manager asked them to provide their choice of personalised drink which would then be sealed in their presence and handed over to the organisers for installing them on the booth along with a placard as per the requirement of the athlete.
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