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India failed to live up to the pre-Games hype that was generated around the 118-strong contingent that had left for the Rio 2016 Olympics. The largest ever Indian contingent in its Olympic history managed to cough up just two medals in Rio.
The tally was considered disappointing especially after India had won six medals in London four years ago. In the fallout to the Rio Games, India’s long distance runner OP Jaisha created a stir in the media on Monday by claiming that she wasn’t provided with basic facilities like water during the 42km-run in the Women’s marathon event at the end of which the 33-year-old athlete had fainted.
“I could have died there”, said a distraught Jaisha on Monday as she recalled the women’s marathon event at Rio Olympics during which she claimed she was not provided any water and energy drinks by the officials despite designated stations being given for India.
However, the Athletics Federation of India dismissed Jaisha’s claims as their Secretary CK Valson said that she made those allegations against the Athletics body to cover up for her poor performance in the marathon event. “She under-performed in the marathon, maybe that’s why she has thrown this blame,” Valson told ANI on Tuesday.”It is the responsibility of the organisers to provide water and energy drinks. For that there are water and energy stations throughout the course. We could have provided water and energy drinks to our athletes but neither they nor their coaches informed us that they would need water and energy drinks separately,” AFI Secretary C K Valson, who was also in Rio during the competitions, told PTI on Monday.
Earlier on Tuesday, Jaisha’s fellow marathoner Kavita Raut had issued a statement that contrasted Jaisha, suggesting the AFI had offered her energy drinks and had no complaints regarding the facilities provided by the AFI.According