Include para powerlifter Sakina Khatun in Commonwealth Games contingent, asks Indian Olympic Association

The Indian Olympic Association has written a letter to the Commonwealth Games Federation asking that para powerlifter Sakina Khatun be included in the Indian contingent to represent India at the Commonwealth Games 2018 in Australia.

Khatun, who was snubbed by the CWG, wrote to PM Modi asking him to intervene in the matter.

Khatun is the only Indian para-athlete to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games. She won a bronze in the lightweight category in Glasgow, but was ignored when the Indian contingent was being selected.

This is even though the 28-year-old was eligible according to the criteria of the CGF. She had also qualified for the upcoming games.

Khatun, who was struck down by polio when she was just one-and-a-half years old, had mentioned in her letter to PM Modi that she meets the eligibility criteria needed for the Games, and that she wants to win another medal for India. She had even threatened to commit suicide if her name was not considered for the Games.

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