In yet another case of apathy towards athletes, members of the Indian team for the Asia Pacific Deaf Games (APDG) were forced to sleep on pavement here on Thursday. They were waiting for visa ahead of the competition beginning in Taoyuan, Chinese Taipei on Saturday.
The Athletes, part of a 40-member squad, were left to fend for themselves ahead of the tournament with some of them spending Thursday night outside a Gurudwara as authorities failed to provide accommodation.
The Sports Ministry-recognised All India Sports Council of the Deaf was responsible for the differently-abled athletes but they failed at their job miserably.
The athletes, however, did manage to get the Taiwanese visa on Friday but not much can be expected from the contingent considering their frame of mind less than 24 hours ahead of the competition.