Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur on Sunday criticized Hockey India’s decision to pull out of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. England The next year, it said that it was not the decision of the Federation alone and that the government should have been consulted.
“I think any federation should refrain from making such statements. They should first discuss this with the government. This federation team is not going. It is the country team that goes for an event. In a country of 130 crores, there are not only 18 players who can represent the country. I believe that Hockey India should consult the government and the sports department.
He said, ‘I have clarified that in such a big country there are not only 18 players who can represent the country. There is no dearth of talent in our country in hockey. If you look at cricket, there is IPL going on and then there is the World Cup. If they can’t play why can’t it be done in other sports? I understand that priority is being given to Asian Games, I am not going on this issue, I am just saying where India will play, it is not a lie with the federation, it is also with the government,” he said. said.
#Watch | On the announcement of Hockey India’s withdrawal from the Commonwealth Games, Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur says, “India does not have only 18 players. If cricketers can play in IPL as well as World Cup, why can’t hockey players participate in Asian and Commonwealth Games? pic.twitter.com/rfneturYGL
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Politics regarding vaccination in hockey field A day after England pulled out of the Junior World Cup to be held in Bhubaneswar in November, India confirmed the withdrawal of its men’s and women’s teams from the Birmingham Commonwealth Games next year. Both had cited the mandatory 10-day quarantine imposed by their governments on travelers from other countries as one of the major reasons for the decision.
In a letter to Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra on Tuesday, Hockey India chief Gyanandro Ningombam cited “discriminatory sanctions” that were “partisan against India” as an additional reason for his exit from the Commonwealth Games. ‘ Huh. Curiously, the announcement came just hours after the government said in a media release that the men’s team was “likely to participate” in the tournament.