Jolted by the SAI “suicide pact”of four medallists in Aleppey, Rajya Sabha MPs from nine parties supported a notice submitted by former India hockey captain and Rajya Sabha member Dilip Tirkey for a short discussion over the rut in Indian sports bodies.
While Tirkey has for long talked about the need for such a discussion, this time, there is also an attempt to rope in cricket legend and Rajya Sabha member Sachin Tendulkar to speak in the House on the issue.
On Friday, soon after the matter was raised by Congress’s Pramod Tiwari, Tirkey spoke about how poor children who come into sports are often exploited by coaches and seniors as the suicides show. He asked for a short duration discussion and could soon be seen going around the House — even as Congress members were on the warpath demanding Nitin Gadkari’s resignation — getting MPs to sign his notice. At last count, eight parties — Congress, Samajwadi Party, DMK,Trinamool Congress, JD(U), CPI, CPM, NCP — apart from his own BJD had supported his demand. Though the general consensus was that the discussion, given Congress’s belligerent stance on Gadkari, is unlikely to take place during the current session.
“Nine parties together have submitted the notice for a short duration discussion on the state of Indian sports. It is not just about what happened in SAI. we want to talk about what’s happening in all sports, cricket, hockey etc… It would be great if Sachin Tendulkar participates in the discussion, will try to contact him too,” Tirkey said.
Tendulkar’s appearances in Parliament have been few so far. After criticism of his and his fellow nominated member Rekha’s continued absenteeism, Tendulkar made sporadic appearances in the Upper House where he usually sits listlessly during discussions. However, MPs feel his intervention on this issue would add to the debate.
“It is not just what happened in SAI. Look at the state of the paralympics committee, the corruption in DDCA. All those things need to be raised. I will be writing to Tendulkar requesting him to participate in the discussion,”said Trinamool MP Derek O’Brien.
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