New Delhi: Air India has asked athletes participating in forthcoming Asian games in Jakarta and Palembang (Indonesia) to reach Indira Gandhi International Airport by midnight today, so that it can make necessary arrangements for their travel to the games.
After the overbooked incident for Manika Batra and other TT players, Air India does not want any more criticism coming its way unfairly. It has asked Indian Olympic association to book tickets for all 565+ athletes under one PNR number so that it is easier for them.
“Yesterday TT players came just three hours before when we asked them to reach airport previous weekend only. On top of it, tickets were booked in haphazard way, there were nine print outs with different PNR numbers. It was not easy for my team working on a Sunday”, said Naman Kapoor, Air India official.
When we asked Mr. Kapoor, even villages are not open, where our athletes will stay, where they will practice, if they go now. He snapped back, “Who told you, we are sending by tonight flight only. Games are starting on August 18th. We need time as so many athletes, big list of officials will travel there. We will send batch by batch”.
“Practice ka baat mat koro mere samne. Can India topple China from top position, we will be lying somewhere close to tenth position. Kya Farak Padta hai, hum tenth mein aaye ya fifteenth mein aaye in medal’s tally”, he added.
Mr. Kapoor also feels many in India like him would be glued to TV sets to see India vs England, ‘kuch bhi ho sakta hai’ series.
“Bekar mein, India spends so much money on these athletes”, said Mr. Kapoor who perhaps does not know Indian Government has spent ten times of that money on the national career to save it from becoming another kingfisher.
Mr. Kapoor asked a player participating in ‘bowling’ event, “correctly write the event name in your form, as far as I know there is no cricket in Asian games, yeh bowling kahan se aa gaya”.