State Minister for Sports Kiren Rijiju expressed dissatisfaction over the news that Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar and senior ministers of the Maharashtra government used the track as parking lot for athletes during a meeting in Pune. “I am personally deeply saddened to see such disrespect towards sports and sports ethics in our country,” Mr Rijiju responded to a tweet on Twitter from the BJP MLA from Pune, who reported the incident.
“This is because all the sports centers need to be taken proper care of as there are not enough sports facilities in our country,” he said.
I am personally very sorry to see such disrespect towards sports and sports ethics in our country. https://t.co/XV47LRckmJAdvertisement
– Kiren Rijiju (KirenRiziju) June 27, 2021
In his tweet yesterday, Shivajinagar constituency BJP MLA Siddharth Shirol said that apart from Mr Powar (who is also the president of the Indian Olympic Association), Sports Minister Sunil Kedar and State Minister of State Aditi Tatkare also drove on the athletes’ tracks. At Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune.
Apologies for this disrespectful act on the part of MH’s sports commissioners … but since when will there be tall leaders? # MVA Apologies for honoring the athletic community and destroying their sacred land through an act that was clearly a ruthless use of power https://t.co/6EogZYXca0
– Siddhartha Shirol (sidshirol) June 27, 2021Advertisement
Apologizing for the incident, the Pune District Information Officer issued a specification that the use of cement concrete roads near the athletic track was allowed but other vehicles reached there without permission.
“The incident has been noticed by the sports minister and instructions have been issued to ensure that such incidents do not happen again. Going forward, it will be ensured that vehicles are not allowed to enter the athletic track,” the Pune district information officer said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Sports Commissioner Om Prakash Bakoria told ANI that only his vehicle was allowed to park on the cement track as Mr Power had some problems with his legs.
“I apologize for this and assure you that such incidents will not happen again,” the state sports commissioner was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
The ministers did not want to use the lifts to reach the second floor of the sports complex which has a meeting room. To avoid inconvenience, the ministers decided to take the cars to the second floor of the complex and park the cars in athletic trucks, ANI reported.
The cars were reportedly parked until the end of the meeting.
With ANI’s input