IOA pays Rs 73K for damage by Indians in CWG Village
New Delhi, July 26
As the ambassadors of the country, Indian athletes are supposed to put their best foot forward. They are counselled to show utmost discipline during every multi-discipline event. But some members of the Indian contingent were found wanting in this regard at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.In a major embarrassment to the country, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) had to pay 1,450.75 Australian dollars (a little over Rs 73,000) to the organisers for the damage done by the Indian athletes during the Games. However, this sum includes Rs 4,726 paid for hiring a refrigerator.” The organisers sought refund from IOA after finding the door keys, internal doors of apartments, lamps damaged and cushions missing from the rooms occupied by the Indian athletes.The money has already been paid to the CWG organisers but IOA now wants to get this money back from those federations whose athletes did the damage.IOA president Narinder Batra has written a letter to IOA officials, including secretary general Rajeev Mehta and treasurer Anandeshwar Pandey, to try and seek reimbursement from the sports federations.“I strongly recommend that the total amount of Rs 73,988 debited to IOA by CWG organising committee should be recovered from the respective NSFs immediately and the NSFs should be asked to speak with the concerned athletes and support staff that such things should not happen in future,” Batra said in his letter.“Such kind of activities bring bad name to our country and these are basic things each participating NSF now needs to explain and tell its athletes and officials before the Asian Games and all the other games in future,” he added.The basketball players who stayed in room No. 2402 of the Games Village did the maximum damage as a sum of AUD 400 (Rs 20,300) has been marked against them. The amount was charged for damaging the apartment’s internal doors.Cushions were found missing from rooms No. 2405 and No. 2406, occupied by the athletics contingent. Similarly, the bedside lamp, power board and wardrobe hanging fabric were damaged in room No. 2512, which was used by some hockey players.The maximum damage accrued to the CWG organisers, Rs 27,920, came from the damaged door keys. Shooters residing in room No. 2301 and weightlifters in room No. 2502 were the main offenders.