New Delhi, Jul 12 (PTI) Asserting that funds were released by the government on time for para-athletes, Sports Minister Vijay Goel today sought a report from the Paralympic Committee of India on how para-swimmer Kanchanmala Pande was left to fend for herself without money in Berlin. Visually challenged Pande, who took part in the Berlin Para Swimming Championships with five others, was forced to borrow money in Berlin from a friend and was reportedly fined for travelling without a ticket on public transport after she was not given enough money by the PCI. The incident has triggered reactions from the likes of Abhinav Bindra and Mahesh Bhupathi, who called the incident “unacceptable” and “shameful”. Terming the incident as unfortunate, Goel today asked PCI to submit a report within ten days. “The Ministry through SAI released Rs. 3.21 Lakhs as 75 percent of dues as advance payment to Para Olympic Committee of India (PCI) in time and arranged tickets etc,” the ministry said in a release. “This amount was transferred in the account of PCI on 22nd June, 2017. Since the amount was transferred to the account of PCI, the players should not have been put to any hardship,” he said. “The Minister found this (incident) as very unfortunate and has ordered that a report from the PCI be sought in the matter within ten days.” Goel, who immediately sought report into the incident from his officers in the ministry, said he also spoke to the PCI CEO. The minister said he has been informed that for some reasons the money was not transferred by PCI to the team members. The Indian Para-Swimming team was in Germany from July 3 to 9. The PCI, however, washed its hands off the incident, saying the sanctioned amount could not be distributed due to the non-availability of court-appointed committee chairman. The PCI vice-president Gursharan Singh said that the national Paralympics body could not be blamed for the incident. He said the fund sanctioned by the government could not be withdrawn as the PCI needed the approval of Justice (Retd) Kailash Gambhir, who was appointed by Delhi High Court as Chairman of the Committee. Under the order of the High Court, which appointed the committee, the PCI needs the approval of the committee to withdraw money till a pending case is decided. “We feel sad that this kind of incident had happened, it should not happen again. We regret that this incident had happened. We will seek a report from the team manager and find out how this had happened,” Gursharan told PTI today. “The sanctioned amount from SAI came five days before the departure of the athletes but we could not withdraw the money as it needs the approval of the Chairman of Committee appointed by the Delhi High Court. He (Justice Retd. Kailash Gambhir) was not available to clear the funds. “So, we told the athletes not to take part in Berlin or go on their own and get reimbursed later. The team went on theirown and I am hearing about this incident. We have asked for a report about what happened in Berlin from team leader Kamaljit Singh,” said Gursharan from London, where an Indian team is taking part in the World Para Athletics Championships. Gursharan said that Kamaljit, a Haryana government coach, had recently led some para athletes to a championships in Australia on their own funds, which was reimbursed later. “Taking part in an event on their own and getting compensated later is not happening for the first time. Kamaljit had taken some para athletes in Australia earlier this year. They went there on their own funds and were compensated later.” Gursharan said henceforth this practice of para-athletes taking part on their own fund (to be compensated later) will not be encouraged. “We will not encourage this kind of participation in future. We work for the well being of our para-athletes. We do not wish this kind of incidents to happen in future.” Abhinav Bindra, the countrys lone individual Olympic gold medallist, took to the social media to express his anger on this incident. “This is UNACCEPTABLE. People must be held accountable,” Bindra wrote on his Twitter handle. He even tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sports Minister Vijay Goel. Indian Davis Cup captain Mahesh Bhupathi and another player Somdev Devvarman also reacted to the incident. “Against all Odds has been every sportspersons story in India at some level but this is an all time low,” tweeted multiple Grand Slam winner and Indias non-playing Davis Cup captain. “Horrible stuff to read… Changes need to be made in the way we perceive sport and the way we run it… The current system is a shame… ,” Devvarman wrote. PTI PDS KHS KHSadvertisementadvertisement
Premier League No Lukaku or Martial: Man City’s attacking stars dominate Manchester derby combined XI Patrick Gleeson Last updated 1 year ago 19:15 12/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(22) Getty/Goal Premier League Manchester United v Manchester City David de Gea Kevin De Bruyne Sergio Agüero Raheem Sterling Leroy Sané Manchester United Manchester City The two Manchester giants will face off at Old Trafford this weekend, but who makes it into the Goal combined XI? Manchester United host Manchester City on Sunday in a derby game which will give us an indicator of where the Premier League title will end up in May.Pep Guardiola’s side have opened an eight-point gap at the top of the table after just 15 games and remain unbeaten going into this weekend’s meeting at Old Trafford. Should City claim a victory against Jose Mourinho’s men it would blow a major hole in their neighbours’ chances of claiming the title, despite it still being relatively early in the campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player City have now won 13 successive league matches – a joint-record within a single top-flight season – while United are unbeaten in their last 40 home games in all competitions, a record of their own.The game is the biggest of the season so far, but which players available for selection from each side would make a combined XI judged on their form so far this season? Goal takes a shot at picking the team…DAVID DE GEA (United) – As impressive as City goalkeeper Ederson has been this term, David De Gea’s show-stopping performance during the Red Devils’ 3-1 victory at Arsenal last time out made it impossible to overlook the Spain international. De Gea made an incredible 14 saves at the Emirates and is arguably the form ‘keeper in Europe at present.ANTONIO VALENCIA (United) – The full-back areas were the most difficult to fill, with the right-back spot a straight battle between Valencia and Kyle Walker. The United defender was outstanding at Arsenal last weekend and followed it up with another solid performance in the Champions League in United’s 2-1 win at home to CSKA Moscow.NICOLAS OTAMENDI (City) – While it is United players who dominate the back five of our combined XI, Otamendi’s inclusion is fully deserved. The City centre-back’s partnership with John Stones, who misses the game with a hamstring injury, has been the basis of a solid defence for Guardiola this term.MARCOS ROJO (United) – Mourinho has ruled Eric Bailly out of the game, while Phil Jones is a major doubt. With Stones also unavailable, Marcos Rojo claims the second centre-back slot in our four-man backline having been rested in the week.ASHLEY YOUNG (United) – The inclusion of Young at left-back is a result of both Benjamin Mendy’s absence and Luke Shaw’s exile, though the latter returned to the United starting XI against CSKA. Young’s stint in the left wing-back role has been a successful one, similarly to that of Fabian Delph’s in the same position at City.KEVIN DE BRUYNE (City) – Undoubtedly one of the performers of the season across Europe so far this season, De Bruyne’s selection comes as no surprise. The Belgian playmaker has scored four goals and assisted eight while averaging over three key passes per league outing.NEMANJA MATIC (United) – While the defensive positions are stacked with the red of United, the front two thirds of the team is top-heavy with City stars. Every attack requires a pivot, though, and with Paul Pogba missing out on Sunday’s game through suspension, it is up to Matic to govern the central spot in midfield.DAVID SILVA (City) – Guardiola is unsure regarding the availability of Silva ahead of the tie but if he is passed fit then he will almost certainly be selected in City’s XI. The 31-year-old’s importance to the club has again been highlighted this season and his two goals and eight assists in 14 starts is a very sturdy return.RAHEEM STERLING (City) – Ten starts for the England international so far this season, nine goals. Sterling has blossomed under the tutelage of Guardiola and has proved himself as a consistent match-winner across the campaign. The 22-year-old gets into the team ahead of the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.SERGIO AGUERO (City) – To choose a single forward from Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero is difficult, though it is the latter who gets the nod in our combined XI following his nine goals this term. Jesus was a close second having been directly involved in 21 goals in his 24 Premier League appearances so far in his career (15 goals, six assists). LEROY SANE (City) – A slow start to life in Manchester has been followed by an outstanding season this time around, with Sane’s displays on the left of the attack a crucial part of City’s success. The 21-year-old has so far claimed six goals and six assists from 14 appearances in the top flight this season.And here’s how they line up! Disagree with our selection? Who would make your combined XI? Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.