Business class for official irks Indian athletes flying back from Asiad in economy

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first_imgAthletes gave it their all to bring home medals from the Asian Games 2018 for India but it was still not enough for them to get business class seats while flying back home from Jakarta.Instead, India’s deputy chef de mission RK Sacheti flew back in business class which irked the athletes who were travelling with him.Most Indian athletes fly economy and they are okay with that as long as the officials do the same.”They are here because of us. Not the other way around. I am okay flying economy but not if these officials are given better seats,” said a member of the Indian volleyball team on board SQ 967 from Jakarta to Singapore.India sign off with best ever medal haul in their Asian Games historySancheti on his part, clarified that he had used his air miles to get an upgrade on the airplane.”We too are supposed to fly economy but I have used my air miles to upgrade,” the top official from Boxing Federation of India (BFI) reasoned.Didn’t have time to think about pain, says Asian Games gold medallist Swapna BarmanThe sports ministry had objected to this controversial official’s presence as one of the four deputy CDMs at the Games that concluded on Sunday. But the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) cleared him on its own expense.India can win 10 medals at the Tokyo Olympics: IOA president Narinder BatraIndia finished their Asian Games campaign in Jakarta and Palembang with 69 medals including 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze medals at the mega event.advertisementThis has been India’s best ever performance at the Asian Games, surpassing their previous best of 65 medals at Guangzhou in China in 2010. India had won 14 gold, 17 silver and 34 bronze medals 8 years ago.India also equalled their best ever tally of gold medals by winning 15 yellow metals, emulating their 1951 New Delhi performance. Interestingly this was also India’s best in terms of silver medals won — 24.In the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi, India had managed 19 silver medals.In the Incheon Games 2014, India had won 57 medals (11 gold, 10 silver and 36 bronze).(With PTI inputs)last_img

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