The Union Sports Ministry on 22 April 2015 suspended the recognition of Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) with immediate effect. It was suspended for poor management and conduct of 15th National Para-Athletics Championships held in Ghaziabad in March 2015.
The action of Union Government came a week after PCI was indefinitely suspended by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) for infighting and poor treatment of the para-athletes during the event. IPC had suspended PCI on 15 April 2015.
The government took the action in the backdrop of the report of the inquiry conducted by the Sports Authority of India (SAI). SAI in its report found that the PCI failed miserably in providing adequate facilities to the para-athletes during the National Para Athletics Championships 2015 held from 20 March to 22 March 2015.
Earlier on 7 April 2015, the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) had suspended its president Rajesh Tomar and had constituted a three-member inquiry committee headed by Justice (retd) Shankara Ramakrishnan.
Paralympic Committee of India
Paralympic Committee of India is a non-partisan, non-profit organisation which was recognized by Union Government in November 2011 as a National Sports Federation. It was recognised for promotion of sports amongst physically challenged sportspersons in the country. It works were dedicated for the development and upliftment of Physically Challenged Sports & Wheelchair Athletes.
When: 22 April 2015