Indian boxer rues inadequate medical facilities
Akhil Kumar has had some serious issues with his preparation to
defend his Commonwealth Games boxing title.
First, there were widespread reports in India that his bed
collapsed when he was sat on it the day he moved into the athletes’
village. Now, he’s bemoaning a lack of good medical facilities for
the Indian boxing team.
The Indian team ”does not have good doctors and enough medical
facilities, which hinders the recovery process after injuries,”
Akhil, the reigning gold medalist in the 56-kilogram class, said in
response to questions about the injuries that have plagued him
since his quarterfinal appearance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
India had a $146 million budget to prepare athletes for these
games, which have been in the news for all the wrong reasons,
including health and safety concerns from international athletes
and even glitches in the boxing such as faulty scales which forced
some into desperate attempts to shed weight.
National boxing federation secretary P.K. Muralidharan Raja
tried to play down the complaints.
”It is his personal view. I don’t believe in gagging anyone,”
said Raja. ”But we have our dedicated team of a doctor,
physiotherapist and masseur.”
Raja suggested that the incident with the bed in the village had
been blown out of proportion.
”It was one portion of a ply that went in slightly, it was not
as if the whole bed had collapsed. I think the focus nowadays has
been on the one per cent of things that are going wrong, rather
than the 99 per cent that are going right,” he added.
Akhil’s criticism comes amid news of around 15 swimmers in the
England and Australian teams experiencing a stomach virus and three
Ugandan officials getting injured at a security barrier at the
The run up to the games was marred by security fears after an
attack on foreign tourists at a prominent site, delays in
construction of venues, a filthy games village and a pedestrian
bridge near the main venue that collapsed, injuring 27 workers.