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).