Deepa Malik has slammed the Delhi government for mistreatment of para athletes during the time of the Rio Paralympics last year. Deepa is a pioneer in para sports in India and is the first-ever Indian woman to win a medal at the Paralympics. She achieved that when she won a silver medal at Rio. There was also a raging debate last year with respect to the disparity of those who competed at the Rio Olympics and the Rio Paralympics. Also Read - India's Medal Count Will be in Double Digits at Tokyo Paralympics: Deepa Malik

Deepa was quoted to be saying to ANI, “We received a warm welcome after coming from the Rio Olympics, but there is a still a disappointment in our hearts that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has not met us so far. Although there was no compulsion that he should have met us, the question is that he felicitated athletes of able body but not paralympics athletes.” Also Read - Diesel Price in Delhi Slashed by Over Rs 8 Per Litre as Govt Cuts VAT From 30% to 16.75%

She further said, “The medal which I have bagged is also counted in mainstream sports. Our ranks are also constitutionally equal. If private body would have given the awards then it would not have mattered to me. But if a government body announces something then I feel that we should be treated equally. Why is there discrimination for Paralympics athletes when both are at par in every sports policy then why we have been forgotten in felicitations of our medals by Delhi Government?” Also Read - Paralympian Deepa Malik Recalls Toughest Times of Her Life, Says Darkest Night Brought Best Sunrise of my Life

She also said, “We waited for the announcement. Later, we all medal winners met deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia. We gave a written application to him. I also requested other ministers telephonically to have a meeting with Kejriwal. My request is to just treat us equally.”