Sports activities Minister Anurag Thakur on Sunday got here onerous on Hockey India for unilaterally deciding to drag out of subsequent yr’s Commonwealth Video games, announcing the nationwide federation is sure to seek advice from the federal government earlier than taking one of these step. Thakur mentioned being the principle financier of Olympic sports activities within the nation, the federal government has each proper to take name on issues of nationwide illustration. “I believe any federation will have to chorus from giving such statements and visit the federal government first as a result of its simply now not federation’s crew, its nationwide crew,” he advised newshounds.
“In a rustic of 130 crore inhabitants, there don’t seem to be simply 18 avid gamers to constitute nation. It (CWG) is an international match I think that they (Hockey India) will have to have interaction with govt and anxious division. The verdict will probably be taken via the federal government.” Thakur’s sturdy observation got here after Hockey India on Tuesday pulled out of subsequent yr’s Birmingham Commonwealth Video games, bringing up COVID-19 issues and UK’s discriminatory quarantine regulations for travellers from the rustic. HI additionally reasoned that there’s just a 32-day window to be had between the Birmingham Video games (July 28-August 8) and the Hangzhou Asian Video games (September 10-25), which is an immediate qualifier for 2024 Paris Olympics. The minister mentioned there’s no dearth of hockey ability within the nation and bringing up the instance of cricket added that enjoying back-to-back tournaments are not anything new for pro sportspersons.
“There’s no scarcity of ability in hockey in India. In the event you see cricket, the IPL is happening after which there may be the Global Cup. If cricketers can play two tournaments back-to-back, then why can’t avid gamers from different sports activities. “I will perceive Asian Video games is being prioritised and I’m really not going into this, I’m simply announcing the place the Indian crew will probably be enjoying simply doesn’t lie with the federation, it lies with the federal government additionally,” Thakur mentioned.
In the meantime, Thakur mentioned the assembly of the choice committee for this yr’s Nationwide Sports activities Awards will probably be held in subsequent 10 days time. “The choice committee will meet in subsequent 10 days the place they’re going to make a decision who all will probably be given awards this yr and after taking time from the President of India, the awards will probably be conferred,” he mentioned.