After players at a state-level tournament were reportedly handed food from a toilet in Saharanpur, veteran Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan asked the Uttar Pradesh government to take strict action.
Dhawan came to know disturbing news about the disrespectful treatment of young Kabaddi players at the state-level competition. The renowned Indian cricketer expressed his opinions on Twitter on Wednesday in the wake of the tragic incident.
The star of the Punjab Kings (PBKS) and veteran Indian batter has requested the Uttar Pradesh government to investigate the issue.
The prominent batter posted the viral video of the incident and tweeted “This is very disheartening to see Kabaddi players at State level tournament having food in toilet. Would request @myogiadityanath & @UPGovtSports to look into the same and take necessary action”.
According to recent developments, Saharanpur’s regional sports officer has been suspended by the Uttar Pradesh government due to the incident. Saharanpur District Magistrate Akhilesh Singh commanded an investigation. The UP sports department has been ordered to take strong action against the contractors and officers by Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur.
The Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India (AKFI) and the state neither sanctioned the kabaddi competition, according to a report published by PTI citing UP State Kabaddi Association secretary Rajesh Kumar Singh. Singh added that the occasion was not listed on the calendar for the year.
“The state’s department of sports organised the competition. Our responsibility was to just offer technical help. We only dispatched few representatives to run the event and the selection committee “Said Singh.