New Delhi, Feb. 23 -- "Not just as a sportsperson, but even as a human I expected to be treated with a little dignity," says Manu Bhaker, India's Tokyo Olympics medal prospect. Bhaker recently alleged she and her mother were mistreated by airline employees at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, while trying to board a flight to Bhopal, but an Air India statement has denied it.

"On 19th (February) I was travelling to Bhopal with my mother, to a training camp. Despite having all the documents, the officials mistreated us, making us look like criminals trying to board a flight and bypass rules. I was carrying clearance from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for travelling with my weapons and ammunition. Init...