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CGF says will explore possibility of Khatun's inclusion

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Federation today said that it will explore the possibility of a late call-up for Indian after the made a request to include her in the country's team for the Gold Coast Khatun, who won a bronze in para-in the women's lightweight (up to 61kg) category in 2014 Commonwealth Games, had threatened to commit suicide after she was not included in the Indian team for the upcoming She has also written a letter to seeking his intervention for her selection in the Indian team. "The CGF has received a letter sent by the Secretary General of Indian Association (CGA), Mr. Rajeev Mehta, expressing concern over India's allocation in the sport of Para-at Gold Coast 2018; and more specifically, the omission of Indian female Para-Powerlifter, Ms. Sakina Khatun," CGF said in a statement. "...the CGF and IPC only received the names of four male athletes for consideration in Men's Para- competition. The CGF did not receive any female Para- nominations from Indian CGA, nor did CGF receive any queries or concerns from Indian CGA at the time that we communicated the names of the four male Indian athletes we had determined were eligible for the Games," the statement said. Mehta, however, said that Committee of had given the IOA only the names of four men's para- powerlifters and not of any female "It's the fault of Committee of The PCI gave us names of four male para-powerlifters only and not of any female January 22 was the deadline to send the entries but till then the PCI did not give us any female para-powerlifter's entry. Only on February 7, they gave us a letter to try and request the CGF for Ms. Khatun's inclusion which we did promptly," Mehta told "PCI is not under our supervision, it is not an affiliated member of the IOA. PCI is in fact a separate and parallel body to IOA, meant for para-athletes. They are under Committee and so whoever the PCI nominated, we just sent it to the CGF.

We have no other role," he added. In fact, on December 1 last year, the PCI Secretary General J Chandrashekar sent to IOA a list of 11 para-athletes for accreditation. The list has the names of only four male para-powerlifters. The four are Sachin Chaudhry, Jaideep, Farman Basha and Ashok. The rest of the 11 are four swimmers and three from "Whatever happened was beyond our control. We did what we were supposed to do. We sent the entries given to us by the PCI with which we have no dealings otherwise. Still, we are hoping that Ms Khatun is included in the Indian team and we are ready to give any kind of help," Mehta said. The CGF, nonetheless, said that the IOA failed to nominate any athletes for the women's Para- competition. "For absolute clarification, the Indian CGA did not follow due process as outlined in the CGF Para- Allocation System, as it failed to nominate any athletes for the Womens Para-competition at Gold Coast 2018, including Ms. Khatun," the CGF said. "The CGF has noted the Indian CGAs administrative error. However, acknowledging the wellbeing of Ms. Khatun, and the Federations commitment to the development of Para-Sport and gender equality, the CGF will review the Indian CGA's late request for a reallocation slot, should an opportunity to grant an additional slot become available." Grevemberg said under the CGF Para- Allocation System for Gold Coast 2018, a CGA (the IOA in this case) is required to nominate those athletes they wish to be considered for the Games. "In coordination with the International Committee (IPC), the CGF reviews the nominations against pre- determined qualification criteria, and subsequently determines which of those athletes are eligible for the Games. The CGA is then required to accept the places within a required timeframe." Regarding Khatun's threat to commit suicide if she is not included in the Indian team, the CGF said, "As it relates to the severity of Ms Khatun public response to her non-selection by CGA India, and her alleged position to conduct self-harm if the matter is not addressed, the CGF has requested written clarification from the Indian CGA and the Committee regarding the steps both organisations have taken to support the welfare of the

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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 23:55 IST