Former athlete Ashwini Nachappa calls for strict action against two Indian officials detained in Glasgow
Former athlete, Ashwini Nachappa today described the detention of two Indian officials by the local police, during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, as embarassing for the nation and appealed for strict action against the duo from the government and the sports ministry.
"Well this comes as a shock, its an embarrassment not just for the entire nation as I feel sorry for the Indian contingent that are still there, it is
absolutely demoralising. The Indian contingent which consist of officials, referees and athletes are all ambassadors of the nation and India comes first literally, and to even to do anything with a small way should be condemned," Nachappa told ANI.
"It is absolutely shameful and I can only appeal to the government and the sports ministry as they need to take any action. I really don't have full faith with the IOA considering the cosy club that still exists, if the members do not take any actions it speaks volumes of the way that the IOA is going to move forward," she said.
On being askd if this incident will cast a shadow on India's performance in the games, she added, "I dont think that they should be part of any Olympic movement, and if the action is taken immediately then we focus back on the atheletes. It is important as it is a huge medal haul by India and they have performed well and something like this to take away the sheen from them is not at all right."
On Saturday evening Rajeev Mehta, secretary general of the Indian Olympic Association, and wrestling referee Virender Singh Malik, were arrested in Glasgow over two separate issues.
While Mehta was reportedly arrested for allegedly driving above the legal alcohol limit, Malik was held for allegedly being involved in sexual assault in a hotel.
Meanwhile television reports say that the Indian mission in London is in touch with the Scotland Yard.
India is currently fifth in the medals tally in the Commonwealth Games 2014.
(Posted on 04-08-2014)