The Official Indian red tape almost derailed the country’s Para Asian Games campaign in Jakarta even before it had started, before a typical Indian jugaad saved the day for the 50-odd para athletes in the Indonesian capital on a Monday.
The first batch of athletes who reached Jakarta on Monday morning, came close to being stranded after the Games organisers refused to the hand of them over the keys to their rooms in the Games Village on a Monday. The reason is India had failed to be deposit the required fees to the organisers, the deadline for which was September 29.
According to India’s chef de mission, they were supposed to deposit half of the required amount by September 15 and the rest by September 29. After a lot of drama in the morning, urgent payment of $50,000 and submission of an undertaking that the rest of the amount would be paid by October 4, saw the organisers relent and provide accommodation to the Indian athletes.