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