Olympics organizers threaten to revoke Indian Sports Minister's accreditation

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Olympics organizers threaten to revoke Indian Sports Minister's accreditation

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Amlan Majumdar

08/11/2016

Annoyed by the rude behavior of the Indian Sports Minister Vijay Goel's entourage, Rio Olympics organizers have threatened to cancel the Minister's accreditation. According to the organizing committee, Vijay Goel's followers have forcefully entered accredited areas at the venues.

"We have had multiple reports of your Minister for Sports trying to enter accredited areas at venues with unaccredited individuals. When the staff try to explain that this is not allowed, they report that the people with the Minister have become aggressive and rude and sometimes push past our staff," Sarah Peterson, who is Continental Manager for Rio 2016 Organising Committee, said in a letter to Indian Chef-de-Mission Rakesh Gupta, reported PTI.

"As you can understand, this type of behaviour is not acceptable. Despite previous warnings, it would seem that even today the same incident occurred at the Rio Olympic Arena (Gymnastics venue) and Carioca Arena 3," she added.

Goel, who is currently in Brazil to look after the needs of the Indian athletes, can get his accreditation revoked if the situation does not improve.

"Should our protocol team be made aware of further examples of this type of behaviour, the accreditation of your Minister for Sports will be cancelled and his privileges at the Olympic Games withdrawn. We trust you will pass on this message urgently," she said.

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