In context of Jaisha’s Rio Issue, Indian Marathon Runner Sunita Godara has blamed coach for her woes. During the Rio Games, Jaisha didn’t get the energy drinks and she got faint on the spot. Sports authorities hadn’t come to the ground to ask about her woes.
“I had collected eight bottles from the organisers and asked Jaisha’s coach Nikolai Snesarev whether they wanted it on the course. They said they did not need them,” AFI secretary C.K. Valson told The Hindu on Tuesday.
“Because, they are not in the practice of using this water. So, how can we enter the competition area? First of all, how will they allow us inside? ”, he added.
Valson told that he asked Jaisha whether she needed the personalised drinks and energy stuff.
“She told Radhakrishnan that Nikolai never allowed personalised water,” explained Valson. But Kavita Raut who also ran at the Rio Olympic Games hadn’t faced any problem.
Jaisha claimed that none of the sports authority came to ask about her illness.
The Sports Ministry has asked for the details. Moreover, the rules has been also sent by Sports Authority regarding the marathon.
“We have explained what the rules and regulations are, whether we are allowed inside. None of the AFI officials are allowed inside the marathon area,” he said.
Sunita Godara said, “It was the duty of the coach and the support team to ensure that the athlete was taken care of during the gruelling race.”
“No matter what the athlete says, it is the duty of the coach and the support team to ensure that they keep something,” Sunita, who once came 10th in the Paris marathon, told The Hindu .
“In such situations, and especially in heavy heat, even death can occur. Anything can happen, it’s very dangerous. It is a criminal offence keeping these tables empty, without water or energy drinks, and only depending on the stuff provided by the organisers.’ She added.
“It happened to me twice in the National championships years ago and I suffered a blackout and even lost my memory for about half an hour. Not keeping anything is literally not taking care of the athlete.” Sunita said.
“Nikolai is such a dictator, he’s such an adamant man, it’s only because of him that this situation has arisen,” said Sunita.
“You never know, this coach would even say that because of these drinks, they could not perform. So, the blame has to go to the coach first, these are hazards of the marathon which the coach has to anticipate.” She said.
“The federation officials claim that in the World championships too, they had refused the offer of personalised drinks. But it is the duty of the federation officials to make it clear to the coach that it is a mistake. If the athlete is ignorant, the federation should take care, it’s a team effort. They should say, even if you don’t need these things, we are keeping them, just in case.”