Sports medicine nowhere to be seen at Games

first_imgThe mess surrounding the Commonwealth Games seems to be getting worse with the 200-odd sports medicine doctors and nurses yet to be allowed entry into the Games Village to perform their assigned duties.With the news delays in completion of venues and athletes’ pull-out grabbing the headlines, the plight of the sports medicine doctors has been ignored.”The games could have been the ideal platform to launch sports medicine and allied sports sciences in a big way in India.But that is not to be. The responsibility of providing medical support to the athletes at the Games Village and at the stadia rests with the doctors of Delhi government hospitals who have no expertise or experience in sports medical cover,” Dr PSM Chandran, president of the Indian Federation of Sports Medicine said.”At the beginning itself, the OC failed to take the right step in ensuring quality sports medical cover for the Games when they arbitrarily appointed a couple of doctors who have no experience in organising medical cover to multidisciplinary events,” he said.Chandran blamed the indifference of the organisers for the current situation, where doctors and nurses are going on dharna . “No one is sure which agency is going to provide ambulances for the Games, medical personnel are paid nothing in return for their professional services, masseurs who are not trained in sports massage deployed for duties.” Chandran gave the example of the Wrestling Federation of India to underline his concern.”The wrestling team which is expected to win lots of medals at the CWG will be without the services of the team doctor and physiotherapist who were helping them in the training camps at Sonepat for over a year. They have to make way for the inclusion of a masseur, Rahul Sharma, who is the son of a senior official of the Wrestling Federation.Sharma is now checking into the Games Village to provide massage to the wrestlers with a broken arm. He has a fracture in his right forearm, which makes him unfit to participate in CWG.”advertisementlast_img