Negligence of Indian sportspersons (who are not cricketers) has hit another low. India’s star table tennis player Manika Batra and six other top paddlers were left stranded at the Indira Gandhi International Airport after being denied boarding by Air India flight which was destinated for Melbourne.
The Indian varsity, which comprised seventeen players and officials, is scheduled to participate at the ITTF World Tour Australian Open starting on Monday 23rd July’2018 in Melbourne.
Only ten members were allowed to board the flight after Air India informed the team that the flight which was ‘overbooked’.
The Common Wealth Games medalists Manika Batra was stranded along with Sharath Kamal, Mouma Das, Madhurika, Harmeet, Suthirta and Sathyan.
Batra took to social media to share this massive incident and asked Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Prime Minister’s Office to look into the matter.
“Our contingent of total 17 players & officials of Indian table tennis team including CWG medalist myself, Sharath Kamal, Mouma Das, Madhurika, Harmeet, Suthirta, Sathyan were supposed to fly today to Melbourne by AI 0308 to participate in ITTF World Tour Australian Open from tom,” Manika tweeted.
“On reaching Air India counter we were told dat flight is overbooked & only 10 members of TT team can fly which left us in a shock. 7 of us are still unable to fly.All the tickets were booked by Balmer Lawrie,” she added.
Manika thanked the authorities after the matter was resolved, but the incident taking place in the first place raises questions over the negligence of sportspersons who are not cricketers in India.