Derecognition leaves paralympian Farman Basha in lurch

first_imgFarman Basha is the country’s top para-lifter for years now but the de-recognition of the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) has smashed his medal hopes at the London Games.Basha has three paralympic qualifiers lined up in the next few months but with the world body refusing to let Indian para-athletes participate in international events, it is unlikely that he will get an opportunity to compete in London.The 37-year-old Basha narrowly missed a bronze medal at the Beijing Games in 2008 and said he always harboured hopes of returning with a medal from London next year.The sports ministry suspended the PCI earlier this year and the world federation did not allow the Indian body to field players in international competitions.”I was ranked in the top six para-lifters in the world but I haven’t competed in any international event this year, which meant that my ranking has dropped,” Basha told Mail Today from Bangalore.Three paralympic qualifying tournaments are scheduled in the next four months but the two- time Olympian is not sure whether he’ll get an opportunity in any of those competitions.”There are two para events in Sharjah in October and December but I don’t think I’ll be able to compete in any of those. Besides, there’s the powerlifting Asia Cup in Malaysia in February and the chances of any resolution by then also looks bleak,” Basha, the 2007 Arjuna awardee said.”While the international athletes get good facilities and always have more than one coach accompanying them, we don’t get even the basic amenities.” PCI secretary general Ratan Singh said they have approached the sports ministry and even conducted elections as per government guidelines but things haven’t moved much.advertisement”We have very less time with the London Paralympics a few months later and we did approach the sports ministry. The International Paralympic Committee has refused to accept the entries of our athletes and they can’t even get good training abroad,” Ratan told M AIL T ODAY . Another problem the powerlifters are facing is that they have just one coach who, sources say, is not willing to move out of Nagpur where he lives. Despite several requests to appoint an able- bodied coach, Vijay Munishwar continues to be the lone coach.”He is reluctant to move out of Nagpur for training and the Sports Authority of India (SAI) at best has offered to conduct training in Gandhinagar but he doesn’t even want to travel there,” said a source.last_img

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