Star golfers SSP Chawrasia : Will never represent India again at Olympics, we were treated like servants

Both fellow golfer Anirban Lahiri and Chawrasia are to receive the allocated amount from the Sports Ministry. A livid Chawrasia termed the shoddy treatment by IOA officials at the Rio Games like they were "servants".

Both fellow golfer Anirban Lahiri and Chawrasia are to receive the allocated amount from the Sports Ministry. A livid Chawrasia termed the shoddy treatment by IOA officials at the Rio Games like they were "servants".

It has been four months and they've had several paperwork done but Lahiri, a winner of 16 titles around the world, wasn't even paid a penny, while Chawrasia himself managed to get Rs 5.5 lakh so far, Chawrasia told reporters.

"I have the letter where they promised to reimburse up to Rs 30 lakh. But post-Rio we are told that the amount is reduced to Rs 15 lakh," fumed Chawrasia, who won the Hero Indian Open and Resorts World Manila Masters in 2013.

Asked about horrid encounter Chaurasia vented his ire at IOA officials.

"There were no proper organization right from vehicle arrangement. It was cold and kept raining and they failed to even order an umbrella or raincoat for us. They'd behave as if they were 'Maalik' (owners) and we were their 'naukars' (servants)," Chawrasia asserted.

"We were requested to wait in the airport for four hours for a vehicle and Lahiri came on his own. We were feeling so lousy.

"Now we'll think twice before representing India at Olympics. We do not like to keep on harping on this issue as we need to concentrate on the tougher assignments ahead," he added.

Highlighting the payment issue, he explained the sports ministry in a written communication had assured the amount of Rs 30 lakh towards their expense incurred in Rio and additionally for the coaching camps they attended in the build-up to the Olympics.

"Lahiri has not got anything yet and was told that he has missed the deadline to submit the documents. It's only as a result of a buddy of mine, who made rounds of the office in Delhi for several days to submit the bills, that I really could get Rs 5.5 lakh."

Chawrasia nevertheless said there's a ray of hope as a number of days back was an e-mail that has come from the ministry asking him to submit the facts again.

"I hope it is sorted now," he signed off.Both fellow golfer Anirban Lahiri and Chawrasia are to receive the allocated amount from the Sports ministry. A livid Chawrasia termed the shoddy treatment by IOA officials at the Rio Games like they were "servants".

It has been four months and they've had several paperworks done but Lahiri, a winner of 16 titles around the world, wasn't even paid a penny, while Chawrasia himself managed to get Rs 5.5 lakh so far, Chawrasia told reporters.

"I have the letter where they promised to reimburse up to Rs 30 lakh. But post-Rio we are told that the amount is reduced to Rs 15 lakh," fumed Chawrasia, who won the Hero Indian Open and Resorts World Manila Masters in 2013.

Asked about horrid encounter Chawrasia vented his ire at IOA officials.

"There were no proper organization right from vehicle arrangement. It was cold and kept raining and they failed to even order an umbrella or raincoat for us. They'd behave as if they were 'maalik' (owners) and we were their 'naukars' (servants)," Chawrasia asserted.

"We were requested to wait in the airport for four hours for a vehicle and Lahiri came on his own. We were feeling so lousy.

"Now we'll think twice before representing India at Olympics. We do not like to keep on harping on this issue as we need to concentrate on the tougher assignments ahead," he added.

Highlighting the payment issue, he explained the sports ministry in a written communication had assured the amount of Rs 30 lakh towards their expense incurred in Rio and additionally for the coaching camps they attended in the build-up to the Olympics.

"Lahiri has not got anything yet and was told that he has missed the deadline to submit the documents. It's only as a result of a buddy of mine, who made rounds of the office in Delhi for several days to submit the bills, that I really could get Rs 5.5 lakh."

Chawrasia nevertheless said there's a ray of hope as a number of days back was an e-mail that has come from the Ministry asking him to submit the facts again.

"I hope it is sorted now," he signed off.