Sports ministry shocked at para-athletes' apathy

New Delhi: The sports ministry yesterday expressed shock and concern at the apathy shown by the 15th National Para-Athletic Championship organisers wherein the participants have been denied proper accommodation at the event.

The three-day championship is being held at Ghaziabad, near Delhi, since March 20. Over 600 disabled athletes have been provided accommodation in two partially constructed buildings in the campus of a private college.

The buildings, apart from not being disabled-friendly, are unfurnished and don't have functioning toilets and even drinking water.

The despicable living conditions have forced the athletes to sleep on the floor and bathe and defecate in the open, according to media reports.

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