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Paralympic Committee of India’s Code of Conduct consists of “unethical clauses”

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Thursday, 23 October 2014 By Manali Kulkarni

As of October 17, 2014, Indian paralympic athletes voiced that they were required to sign a new Code of Conduct (the Code) issued by the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI)1 that consisted of “unethical clauses”.2 In that, the Code of Conduct allows for searching the athletes’ belongings, and introduced HIV testing requirements.3

87 athletes report that they signed the Code because they were told that they would be excluded from the ongoing Asian Para Games (October 18- 24, 2014) in Incheon otherwise. The athletes also explained that if they did not agree to the HIV testing, they would face a loss of accreditation and future exclusion.4

The paralympians who have argued against the clauses in the Code have chosen to remain anonymous, as the Code reportedly states that any athletes who reports to the media may face a life ban.5

The PCI explained that this confidentiality requirement not included as a way to limit freedom.6 The PCI officials have additionally argued that this Code was meant to address the indiscipline seen in the Indian athletes in the past, as random searches would arguable allow the PCI officials to act against doping and related offences.7

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Manali Kulkarni

Manali Kulkarni

Manali is currently a fourth year JD Candidate at the University of Maine School of Law. She was the COO at LawInSport and continues to be an executive contributor of the editorial board for LawInSport. She holds an LLM in Sports Law from Nottingham Law School (Nottingham Trent University). She is currently the legal extern for the Professional Collegiate League, and also serves as an intern for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. 

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