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Shameful! Hockey Olympians made to sit on train floor

Last updated on: August 29, 2016 13:09 IST

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IMAGE: (Picture for representational purpose only) Members of Indian women’s hockey team on arrival in Rio de Janeiro . Photograph: PTI.

A shameful incident saw some of the four Indian women's hockey team players made to sit on the floor of the train while returning back home from Rio Olympics.

Condemning the shocking incident, women activists called on Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs Vijay Goel to register a case of inhuman treatment, negligence and exploitation against railway officials.

Players Deep Grace Ekka, Namita Toppo, Sunita Lakra and Lilima Minz from Odisha, who represented India at the Rio Olympics, in spite of being railway employees, were made to sit on the floor of their bogey as their tickets were unconfirmed.

Considering the fact that they are railway employees and don't need to buy train tickets, the TTE (travel ticket examiner) failed to arrange seats for them.

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IMAGE: India’s women’s hockey team celebrates a goal against Japan. Photograph: Hockey India.

Woman activist Brinda Adige said, "These Babus (officials) have no reason at all to be there, they have not contributed in anyway, neither in advising the team nor in seeing to the teams well being, and are travelling in business class, whereas they have made the players travel unreserved, some travelled sitting on the floor of their train."

"How can this kind of injustice be tolerated? Why haven't these officials been thrown out of the train?" she asked.

"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 there 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. I would also like the department to suspend them. They are not worthy of taking care of the players," she added.

Nirmala Sawant, another activist, said, "I think this is very shameful for us as Indian citizens, and at the same time, Olympics participants bring pride to the nation..it is quite depressing, and I think, the Railway Minister (Suresh Prabhu) should take immediate action so that this kind of injustice is not caused to any sportsperson."

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