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Olympic silver medalist Girisha given a raw deal by SAI

July 31, 2013 17:09 IST

Olympic silver medalist Girisha given a raw deal by SAI

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London Paralympics silver medallist H N Girisha accused the Sport Ministry for not keeping its promise of giving him a "Class-1 Executive Officer" job with the Sports Authority of India (SAI) after his achievement at the Paralympic Games in the UK last year.

"Before the Olympics, the Sports Ministry announced that whoever will win a medal in London, would be given a Class-1 Executive Officer job in SAI. But I still haven't got a job," Girisha said.

After returning from London, the 25-year-old high-jumper applied to for a job with SAI, which is a normal process, and was promised to be given one within a six-month time.

But since then a year has passed and he is yet to get any response from either SAI or the Sports Ministry.


Image: H N Girisha
Photographs: Julian Finney/Getty Images

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Girisha also claimed that during the Padma Shri award ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in January this year, he had met with the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who promised to look into the matter.

"When I met the Prime Minister, he congratulated me. I gave him a letter and he said that he would forward it to the Sports Ministry," Girisha said.

He blamed the Sports Ministry for discriminating against the paralympians.

"Every Olympian, who is interested in SAI, has already got a job. But inspite of being a silver medal winner, I was denied any job," he said.

He, however, said that the Indian Government has handed him the cash amount of Rs 30 lakhs, as promised, for winning the silver medal in London.


Image: H N Girisha
Photographs: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

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