Indian long-distance runner O P Jaisha has revealed shocking levels of official apathy and callousness during the women’s marathon event at the Rio Olympics, which she claims could have proved fatal for her.
Jaisha has claimed that Indian officials did not bother to make arrangements to provide water and energy drinks to her during the race despite designated stations being allocated for Indian athletes.
“It was very hot there. The competition was at 9 a.m., I ran in scorching heat. There was no water for us, neither recovery drinks nor food. Only once in 8 km did we get water (from the Rio organisers) which did not help at all. All the countries had their stalls at every two kilometers but our country’s stall was empty,” Jaisha told a television news channel.
“We are supposed to be given drinks by our technical officials, it’s the rule. We cannot take water from any other team. I saw the Indian board there but there was nothing. I had a lot of problem, I fainted after the race. I was administered glucose, I thought I would die,” she added.
Jaisha finished 89th in the women’s marathon event at the Rio Olympics with a below-par timing of 2 hours, 47 minutes and 19 seconds.