GOLD COAST: Drama was the name of the game for the Indian Commonwealth Games contingent here on Tuesday. Saina Nehwal and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) were the lead characters, with the badminton star’s father Harvir Singh at the centre of it all.
Following Saina’s threat to pull out of the Games if her father was not allowed to stay at the Games Village, the IOA granted them permission. Saina’s contention was, if PV Sindhu’s mother could stay at the Village as an extra official, so should her father.
The IOA was reluctant, but relented once Saina said that she would not compete.
“I msgd u and tried to call u but u didn’t pick up the call.. If his accreditation is not cleared as an official I am not going to play the matches (sic),” read her letter.
The IOA eventually allowed Harvir to stay at the Village as an Athletic Official. Sindhu’s mother, incidentally has been accommodated as a ‘fifth official’.
“We’ve been busy sorting this issue all day,” said Vikram Singh Sisodia, India’s chef-de-mission.
Ironically, Indian weightlifters are at the Village without a physio despite asking for one. The physio is staying outside and entering the Village on a temporary pass.
Thank u so much @ioaindia for the support and help sorting out my father’s accreditation card in such short notice ..Hopefully it will b great for the matches ahead ..and I m sorry for all the trouble #CommonwealthGames2018 pic.twitter.com/fWCvrLk4YV— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) April 3, 2018