Cloud hovers over the participation of Indian para powerlifters’ participation at the upcoming ‘Bogota 2018’ championships, which is a tournament which could help Indians qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. The Indian para powerlifters are going to run into rough weather because of the Paralympics Committee of India’s refusal to bear the expenses of the lifters registration and lodging fees.

Indians Farman Basha, Sachin Chaudhary, Sakina Khatun, and Sudhir are slated to travel to Bogota, but as of now, that is in jeopardy. According to the rules of the international federation (International Paralympic Committee) any member federation that has been unable to settle their dues, in this case, the PCI, which has not cleared their earlier dues with the organisers of the IPC-sanctioned body will not be eligible to participate.

Gursharan Sing, senior vice-president of PCI has confirmed a list of 15 athletes for the Kitakyushu 2018 World Para Powerlifting Asia-Oceania Open Championships to be held in Japan. The event is slated for 8-12 September. “One needs to understand the subject. Those events which are a part of the Annual Competition and Training Calendar (ACTC). The PCI funds the trip of para athletes since we get the funding from Sports Authority of India. The Japan and the upcoming Bogota is not part of the ACTC,” he said to TOI.