Bengaluru: Why does Sudha Singh have joint pain and fever? And if it isn't Zika, is it another strain of a viral? Did the Indian athlete contract it because the Sports Authority of India officials failed to take care of her and the other athletes, short-changing them, much as they do at home?
As shocking as Sudha Singh's plight is, O.P Jaisha's is worse. The marathon runner couldn't get a drink of water or an energy drink from the designated Indian stations along the 42 kilometer run because they remained unmanned, only managing to cadge a drink when she pleaded with organizers for water, and by 'taking bottles from the road to sustain herself'? The severely dehydrated Jaisha, collapsed after crossing the finish line in the marathon event!
Another marathoner, Kavita Raut, complained of fever and fatigue in Rio.
It is believed the trio shared the same apartment unit at the Olympics Games Village.
Way to go, Ministry of Sport!
Whatever Sudha Singh, admitted to Fortis Hospital, Bengaluru, may have contracted - a mild viral, or Zika or Chikungunya - the treatment of Indian athletes at Rio reflects poorly on Indian authorities. Short-changed at home, because no-one sees the way they are treated, this time, there was no hiding them away from the probing eyes of the world.