Without physiotherapist, India’s archers stretchwd to their limits in London


first_imgIn the absence of an accredited physiotherapist, India’s archers are feeling the heat in London. They are forced to do stretching and other exercises on the sidewalks outside Lord’s, the competition venue.The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has cleared only three physiotherapists for the contingent of 81 athletes. Only the hockey and boxing squads have been given their own physiotherapists besides one for the rest of the players. The archery competition begins on July 27, even before the opening ceremony.The archers, who arrived at the Games Village on Monday, wanted Mittal Champions Trust (MCT) physiotherapist Patrick Kenny to be with the team. Kenny has not got accreditation from the IOA, which has said that Kenny will get daily passes for the Village, but that does not allow him access to the training and competition venues.The six-member archery team, thus, is left with no option but to do their stretching and cooling off on the sidewalks outside Lord’s. Manisha Malhotra, administrator with MCT, who reached London on Saturday, said the athletes supported by them had requested IOA to give Kenny an accreditation.”Almost 10 athletes – archers, wrestlers, shooters – had requested IOA to give him accreditation because he has been working with them. But he has not got any badge and has no access to the venue,” Manisha told Mail Today. “Kenny is working with them on the sidewalks. This is not the way to treat your medal prospects. In any case, what is the point of passes to the Village when he cannot enter the competition venue?”advertisementTwo-time Olympian Dola Banerjee, whose brother Rahul is in the team, said the team needs a physio. “With the sport gaining profile, a physio is required. There are no extra personnel with the archery team. What if there is some problem during the competition?” she told Mail Today.IOA president Vijay Kumar Malhotra said that they have tried their best to accommodate all the requests.”We have to follow the international norms. The number of support staff has to be half the number of athletes. There are six archers and we have cleared three coaches and one manager for the team.” There was no physiotherapist cleared for the grapplers as well. The Wrestling Federation of India has now written to IOA that they want Arvinder Pal Singh in London. The badminton team will be taking physio Kiran Challagundla at the federation’s cost.last_img

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