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No TV coverage for Paralympics in India, rues Rio Olympic chaplain

first_imgAs the Paralympic games kick off in Rio today, millions of TV viewers in India will be unable to watch Indian para-athletes compete at the world stage.Though India has sent its biggest contingent of para-athletes to Rio this year, no Indian broadcaster has signed up to telecast the Paralympics event in the country.After the hype surrounding the dismal performance of Indian athletes at the main event, para-athletes highlight the discrimination they face despite performing comparatively better.(Also read: Rio Paralympics: Wrong flag on kit shames India again)On Tuesday, Kolkata based NGO Civil Welfare Foundation (CWF) organised an interaction with the official Chaplain of the Rio Olympic & Paralympic games Rev. Zenji Nio in order to focus on the need to highlight the achievement of paralympians in the country.”Para-Olympics can change the perception of the people with disability in India. The Para-Olympic movement is a way to give them more visibility and showcasing their talents,” Rev Nio explained.Speaking to India Today, Reverend Nio rued how Para-Olympians were treated in a vulnerable manner and reminded the need to ensure that they get the required infrastructure to be able to grow.”The Para-Olympics are not being covered by Indian media. This a serious issue. The Para-Olympic movement is about heroism and not about being a celebrity. Many people can be inspired by them. Its entertainment and empowerment combined. The media has a responsibility to support the Para-Olympics,” he added.According to CWF, the broadcasting rights of the Rio Paralympic Games have neither been bought by any private broadcaster in India nor has Doordarshan signed up for it. (Also read: Rio Paralympics: India to take part in opening ceremony after changes to kit)advertisement”It’s really a pity that nobody in India will be able to see a medal winning feat at the Paralympics in Rio,” said Suchandra Ganguly, founding member of CWF.This year, 19 para-athletes from India including three women have qualified for the Rio Paralympics. Ganguly pointed out that while Prime Minister Narendra Modi was tweeting his support for the Indian Paralympics contingent, audiences in country won’t be able to watch the event at all on TV.”It’s an irony that Mr Modi has wished them luck but no Indian network including Doordarshan has come forward to show the feed,” she rued.last_img

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