Olympic bronze medallist Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain was left stranded for near an hour after deciding to go away the Commonwealth Video games opening ceremony halfway. The ceremony on Thursday night time went on for about two hours and Lovlina, together with one other member of the Indian boxing contingent, Muhammad Hussamuddin, determined to go away early for the Video games Village from the Alexander Stadium, a 30 minute drive.
“We need to practice within the morning as now we have a bout day after. The ceremony will go on for some time so we considered leaving. We requested for a taxi however we have been advised that was not obtainable,” mentioned Lovlina when PTI requested her why she was leaving halfway.
With the ceremony nonetheless on and the duo unable to e-book a taxi by itself, Lovlina and Hussamuddin have been left clueless on easy methods to trip again to their lodging. They finally took the primary bus sure for the Village close to the Nationwide Exhibition Centre.
The Indian delegation has been supplied three vehicles by the organisers however their drivers have been carried out for the day because the athletes and officers arrived for the opening ceremony in buses. India’s Chef de Mission Rajesh Bhandari, who occurs to be the vice chairman of the Boxing Federation of India (BFI), was not happy with the event.
“We have been in the midst of the ceremony and I received to know later that she and one other boxer left early. All of us got here in buses and taxi possibility was not obtainable at the moment. They shouldn’t have come in the event that they needed to go away early. “There have been so many athletes who determined to not come as they’d coaching or competitors within the morning, which we fully perceive. I will probably be talking to the boxing workforce on this matter,” mentioned Bhandari.
A complete 164 athletes and officers took half within the ceremony, which is half the Indian contingent’s dimension. The ladies’s cricket workforce members too determined to remain again within the lodge attributable to their opening recreation the next morning. Forward of the Video games, Lovlina had alleged that her coaches have been harassed consistently after private coach Sandhya Gurung was not allowed contained in the Video games Village upon arrival. Gurung was later given Village accreditation.