Upset with government, Deaflympics medal winners protest at Delhi Airport

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 1, 2017

With the amount of humiliation faced by the deaflympics, the team staff and players are now holding a protest inside the airport for receiving such cold reception.

"These medal winners made the nation proud, but no one, not even the sports minister, is here to welcome us".

Ketan Shah, Interpreter and Project Officer, All India Sports Council for the Deaf (AISCD), spoke how the entire contingent was let down by the government, who have no excuses to explain their absence.

It is also learned that the players wanted to speak to Sports Minister Vijay Goel but he paid no heed to their request.

The contingent of 46 athletes and support staff felt the apathy from the officials indicated that the government were not acknowledging their success at the Games held at Samsun, Turkey.

Shah remarked that they had emailed the Director General of the Sports Authority and the sports ministry on 25 July about their arrival on 1 August but they failed to get a response out of them. However, that was not the case when Indian contingent of Deaflympics returned home as there was no one waiting for them at the airport. Out of those eight disciplines, we won medals in three. They were so disappointed that they initially refused to leave the airport. The Indians recorded their best ever showing in the event, winning five medals, reported NDTV. Since morning, we have been calling them and no one is ready to entertain us.

India's first medal at the Defalympics was won by Virender Singh in 74kg freestyle wrestling event as he beat Chakvetadze S (Georgia) by 18-9 points in the final bout. Golfer Diksha Dagar clinched a silver while Prithvi Sekhar and Jafreen Shaik earned bronze in men's doubles tennis event.

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