Sports Ministry Sets up Committee

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The Sports Ministry constituted a two-member committee to probe the allegations of official apathy levelled by marathon runner OP Jaisha, who claims to have been denied water refreshment during her event at the Rio Olympic Games.

The Minister of Sports Vijay Goel has constituted a two-member Committee consisting of Onkar Kedia and Shri Vivek Narayan to enquire into the allegations of Ms. O.P. Jaisha.

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.

Jaisha claimed that officials from all other countries provided refreshments to their runners at designated points set up every 2.5 km.

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 committee will submit its report in seven days.

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