New Delhi: The sports ministry has constituted a two-member committee to probe allegations of official apathy levelled by marathon runner OP Jaisha, who claimed to have been denied water refreshment during her event at the Rio Olympic Games.
Jaisha, who finished 89th in the marathon event, has alleged that no water or energy drinks were made available by the Indian officials during her event, leaving her completely exhausted at the end of the race. She had fainted after crossing the finishing line.
The Athletics Federation of India (AFI), however, has asserted that the athlete herself refused any such arrangement when approached a day before the event. "The minister of state, youth affairs and sports, Vijay Goel, has constituted a two-member committee consisting Onkar Kedia, joint secretary (sports) and Vivek Narayan, director (sports) to inquire into the allegations of OP Jaisha," a press release from ministry said.
Jaisha, after returning from Brazil, claimed that officials from all other countries provided refreshments to their runners at designated points set up every 2.5 kms.
The committee will submit its report in seven days.