The deputy chef de mission of the Indian contingent at the recently-concluded Asian Games 2018 in Indonesia – RK Sacheti is drawing immense flak after he flew back home on a business class ticket while the other athletes were made to travel in the economy class. Also Read - Jinson Johnson Betters Own 1500m National Record by Winning Silver in Berlin, Qualifies for World Championships

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“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. Also Read - Six-Toed Heptathlete And Asian Games Gold Medallist Swapna Burman Receives Customised Footwear From Adidas

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However, Sacheti, in his defence, said he used his air miles to upgrade to business.

“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. It should be noted that the 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 IOA cleared him on its own expense.

India came out with its best-ever performance at the Asian Games in Indonesia with an overall medal tally of 69 (15 gold, 24 silvers and 30 bronze).

(With PTI inputs)