Fri, Mar 31, 2017 | updated 06:07 AM IST

Rio Paralympics: Lack of media coverage in India draws flak

Updated: Sep 08, 2016 00:15 IST

New Delhi [India], Sept.7 (ANI): As the world gears up for the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games in which 19 Indians will be competing, not a single Indian network including Doordarshan has picked up the broadcast rights for this global event.

And this has elicited fervent calls from Civilian Welfare Foundation, a city-based NGO, to give a proper media coverage in order to give them their credit.

CWF is the first NGO in India focusing fully on the cause of Indian Paralympians. It has also organised the first Walk for Paralympics and has been at the forefront of the Paralympic Movement in India since its inception.

"India is home to the largest demographic of people with disabilities in the world. It is great that Prime Minister Modi wished the Para-athletes well but the lack of coverage in India needs to be discussed at a time when the Paras are the biggest news story worldwide. Strategically this year is a critical year in the history of paralympic sports where 19 athletes are participating in 9 events the key important points being the highest amount of women participation (3) and a bunch of budding talent along with the stalwarts," said Suchandra Ganguly, paralympic rights activist and founding member of CWF.

"To discuss this injustice and discrimination against Indian athletes with disabilities, the first Indian-origin person selected to serve as Chaplain for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Rev. Zenji Nio has skipped the opening ceremonies in Rio and flew in from the Olympic Village to discuss this issue in landmark press conferences being organized in both Kolkata and New Delhi by the Civilian Welfare Foundation," stated Pradeep Raj, an International Para athlete and founder of Para Sports Foundation.

"The state of Paralympics sports in respect to promotion and broadcast is sincerely poor in India. Most of the athletes who have gone there in Paralympics most of the Indians are unaware of them. Besides, the entire issue of the Indian flag being absent during the Indian Paralympics address at Rio, adds up to the plight of Paralympic sports sector as a whole. Where on one side, PM Modi is giving us name of Divyang, on the other side Divyangs are crying for their rights to be implemented," he said, adding that the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports was ignoring the rights of Para athletes.

According to Pradeep, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting should take effective steps to telecast Rio Paralympics 2016 in accessible format on Doordarshan.

Elaborating further, Rev Nio, who was recently lauded by the Olympic media for coaching 50 medalists as well as conducting the first marriage ceremony in an Olympic Village, said: "the theme for Rio 2016 is diversity and enabling the Indian public to view the heroic efforts of the Paralympians can be inspirational and empowering to all viewers. Furthermore, the Paralympics can serve to change attitudes and perceptions towards people with disabilities and open vistas of visibility, opportunity and exposure for them. The games village after the Olympics has been completely revamped in terms of signage and disability accessibility and a makeover look has been provided. The undercurrent thought is that Paralympics no longer needs to be under the shadow of Olympics - an attitude India needs to reflect upon."

The press conferences not only focused on the problems facing Indian athletes with disabilities but also explore potential solutions. The speakers stressed on working along with mainstream media regarding how the more coverage on the athletes could be fetched.

The event, starting from September 7, will see Javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia, the country's first Paralympic gold medallist (Athens 2004), competing for his second medal. (ANI)

Lahore (Pakistan) [India], Mar. 30 (ANI): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan on Thursday said that the board is mulling to take a legal action against the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for failing to play a scheduled India-Pakistan bilateral series.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar.30 (ANI): Steve Smith has emphasized that there are no issues between him and former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was replaced by the Australian as captain of the Rising Pune Supergiant for the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), beginning April 5.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar.30 (ANI): Vinod Rai, the head of the BCCI Committee of Administrators (COA), on Thursday confirmed that Rajiv Shukla will continue to serve as the Chairman of Indian Premier League's (IPL) governing council.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar.30 (ANI): Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) on Thursday welcomed the new addition in the team, England all-rounder Ben Stokes, by handing over him the official team jersey in the presence of team owner Sanjiv Goenka alongside their dynamic new captain Steve Smith and spirited middle order batsman Ajinkya Rahane.

Full Story >>

I was yelling to the air: Messi on FIFA ban

Updated: Mar 30, 2017 15:26 IST

Barcelona [Spain], Mar.30 (ANI): Argentina star striker Lionel Messi has asserted his innocence after being hit with a four-match international ban for verbally abusing an official, saying that he was yelling `to the air`.

Full Story >>

Karachi [Pakistan], Mar.30 (ANI): The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 arrived at an Edhi home in Karachi on Thursday.

Full Story >>

Dubai [UAE], Mar.30 (ANI): India opener KL Rahul, who smashed two half-centuries during his side's eight-wicket win in the series- deciding Dharamsala Test against Australia, has climbed 11 places to a career-high rank of 11th spot in the latest ICC Rankings for Test batsmen.

Full Story >>

West Vancouver [Canada], Mar.30 (ANI): Indian women's hockey team chief coach Sjoerd Marijne has asserted that his team are fully geared up to make a good start in the upcoming all-important Hockey World League Round 2.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar.30 (ANI): Indian skipper Virat Kohli has clarified his comments about his cooling off relationship with Australian players at the end of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, saying that his statement has been blown out of proportion.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India]. Mar.30 (ANI): Taking a cheeky dig at former Australian batsman Brad Hodge over his nasty comments and subsequent apology to Indian skipper Virat Kohli, star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said "March 30 will be remembered as 'World Apology Day'.

Full Story >>

Miami [Florida], Mar.30 (ANI): Fourteen-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal produced a rich vein of form as he stormed into the semi-finals of the Miami Open after registering straight sets victory over 13th seed Jack Sock in the men's singles event here on Thursday.

Full Story >>

Melbourne [Australia], Mar.30 (ANI): Former Australian Test cricketer Brad Hodge has issued a heartfelt apology to Virat Kohli as well to the Indian fans for his recent nasty comments regarding the Indian skipper's shoulder injury and his participation in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL).

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar.30 (ANI): Responding to Carolina Marin's statement where she said that she wouldn't let Saina Nehwal become the world number one, the Indian ace shuttler has said that she has already been on that position and her priority right now is to win tournaments.

Full Story >>

Karachi [Pakistan], Mar.29 (ANI): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has imposed a year-long ban and a fine of one million dollar on left-arm pacer Mohammad Irfan for violating its anti-corruption code during the second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

Full Story >>

Johannesburg [South Africa], Mar.29 (ANI): The Australian media continued their nasty tirade against Virat Kohli branding the Indian skipper as "classless" and "childish", despite the Steve Smith-led side slumping to a defeat in Dharamsala and giving up the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Full Story >>

Dubai [UAE], Mar.29 (ANI): South Africa has finished second on the ICC Test Team Rankings at the April 1 cut-off date after the third and the final Test against New Zealand in Hamilton ended in a draw on Wednesday.

Full Story >>

Karachi [Pakistan], Mar.29 (ANI): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has said that their Indian counterpart has so far not contacted them regarding the holding of any bilateral series between two sides.

Full Story >>

Mumbai [India], Mar.29 (ANI): With four successful seasons completed in a span of just two years and the sport's ever increasing popularity, Pro Kabaddi League is now set to expand to up to four new geographies.

Full Story >>

Bengaluru [India], Mar.29 (ANI): 20-year-old Sumit from Sonepat, who has recently been included in the Indian senior men's camp, has revealed that he looks to stalwart players like Sardar Singh, Manpreet Singh, Sreejesh, SV Sunil among others for some inspiration.

Full Story >>

Sao Paulo [Brazil], Mar.29 (ANI): Star striker Neymar continued his fine run of form as Brazil virtually booked their place in next year's World Cup with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Paraguay in the qualifying clash at home here on Wednesday.

Full Story >>