A final-minute change of venue, para-athletes stranded on the Chennai railway station or struggling to reschedule tickets to achieve Bengaluru on time, and breach of Covid protocols on the stadiums appeared like appetisers earlier than a event that would go down in sports activities historical past as some of the pathetic examples of how to not conduct an occasion. Cellular and automotive lights have been used to organise a nationwide competitors. Sure, you learn it proper. The Sree Kanteerava Stadium hosted a bunch of para-athletes in semi-darkness on Wednesday. Apparently, the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) mentioned the occasions have been performed late within the night as a result of the athletes needed it. However this will’t be a motive for conducting a nationwide occasion like this the place efficiency can fetch you jobs, scholarships and admissions.
The confusion began simply earlier than the occasion was supposed to start in Chennai on March 24. A PCI round instantly introduced on March 20 that the nationals had been shifted to Bengaluru as a result of the Tamil Nadu authorities didn’t give permission as a result of rising Covid-19 circumstances within the state. What appeared baffling is that the PCI went forward with the nationals in Chennai with out getting affirmation from the federal government. It might have postponed the occasion, however it didn’t. That led to the chaos. Athletes’ bookings—trains, flights and accommodations—needed to be rescheduled. A whole lot of para-athletes needed to attain Bengaluru at very brief discover.
Such controversies will not be new to the PCI. Even previously, there have been problems with mismanagement and chaos whereas conducting nationals. The worst maybe was in Ghaziabad in 2015 when the sports activities ministry and the Worldwide Paralympic Committee suspended the PCI. There have been points in Panchkula in 2018 as effectively. Only a few months in the past, the PCI bought its recognition again with a brand new president on the helm of affairs. Maybe it’s time the PCI realises that there will not be too many sporting amenities within the nation that boast of being para-athlete pleasant. So it might be prudent for them to not hurry with itineraries and take into consideration the gamers’ curiosity. In spite of everything, amenities for para-athletes must be non-negotiable.