Back From Rio, Women’s Hockey Players Made to Sit on Train Floor
Members of the Indian women’s hockey team didn’t even have confirmed train tickets on their way back home.
Four hockey players from Odisha were made to sit on the floor of the train from Ranchi to Rourkela.
The four players — Deep Grace Ekka, Namita Toppo, Lilima Minz, and Sunita Lakra —were on their way home on the Dhanbad-Alleppey Express, and were not allotted confirmed berths on the train.
Himanshu Sekher Behera, the sub-collector of their hometown Sundergarh, said:
Avid sports lovers from the girls’ town are enraged and said it was a great achievement that they qualified for the Games, even though they didn’t win a medal.
Pointing out that bureaucrats and ministers travelled to Rio in first-class, activist Brinda Adige told ANI.
I am sure funds were allocated, it was the carelessness and apathy of the officials who have been indifferent to the players assuming that players are their gulams (slaves). And these people continue in this feudal fashion because they are babus and officials; they can travel in first-class and have the best luxury, whereas the real players are being treated so badly.
Source: Deccan Chronicle