Official from Tamil Nadu Special Olympics team accused of taking bribes

Special Olympics is all about inclusion where disabled people and para-athletes are given an oppurtunity to showcase their talents. This initiative was launched by the central government. Looks like, even this is caught in red-tapism!

The Tamil Nadu Branch of Special Olympics is under trouble. NGOs, activists, and parents of para-athletes from Tamil Nadu have alleged that an authority from the state were charging bribes for their children to be included in Special Olympics.

The allegations were made against Tamil Nadu area director Paul Devasagayam. Many alleged that he charged money from parents to include their children in sports events. The amount varied from Rs 5,000 to Rs 50,000.

Recently, para-athletes from Tamil Nadu were selected for various items to participate in the national level Special Olympics. Those who won would later enter the World Summer Games scheduled to be held in Abu Dhabi in March 2019.

Disability rights activist and parents raised their concerns to V Arun Roy, State Commissioner for People with Disabilities. They even pointed out that people with no disabilities are included in teams for various sports.

Meanwhile, the accused Devasagayam has said that the allegations against him are baseless and there is no proof.

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