India's lone individual Olympic gold-medallist Abhinav Bindra has requested the Sports Ministry to set up a helpline for athletes travelling abroad to avoid the kind of hardships that para-swimmer Kanchanmala Pande faced recently due to lack of timely help.
Bindra helped Pande get a scholarship after the incident through a Foundation, he is part of.
"The recent incident of our paralympic athlete in Berlin raised a larger question of athlete management. Things like these continue to happen in Indian sport and leaves everyone in a bad taste and overshadows a lot of good work that is done," Bindra said in his letter to Sports Minister Vijay Goel.
"In this regard I have a suggestion: The creation of a helpline for all athletes especially when in a foreign country to solve matters of extreme concern and having a contingency fund for unforseen situations to provide just in time support to athletes would be a fantastic initiative to be taken up by the sports ministry," he added.
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