Blanket ban on sporting activities not right: Praful Patel

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 20 (PTI) Nationalist Congress Party leader and All India Football Federation President Praful Patel today said that in general a blanket ban on sporting activities because of issues like scarcity of water was not right though a decision by a court should be accepted. Patel, a former Union Minister, was responding when asked if football grounds also use lots of water like cricket stadia in the light of IPL matches being ordered by the Bombay High Court to be shifted out of Maharashtra from May 1 onwards due to drought situation in the state. “I will tell you, to the misfortune, most of the stadia in this country are of cricket and in Maharashtra we have very few football stadia. These football stadia used very little water and the one in Mumbai is a synthetic turf and we need very little water,” he said. “But let me be honest, sport in general, cricket or otherwise, we should not completely clamp down on these activities. I appreciate there is a water scarcity and it was said that non potable water was to be used and in limited quantity. Blanket ban was not right but at the same time, what the court has mentioned in terms of IPL is that IPL is not an event like a World Cup. IPL is more a tournament. In that case what the court has said it should be accepted,” Patel said at a football function. Asked about reports of the government dropping former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhis name from Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan Yojna (RGKAY), Patel said, “It is unfortunate to bring politics in sport. There is politics of sport but we dont need to bring politics in sport. “I think name has no meaning, even the new name if it does not do justice to the project or programme or to the players.” The NCP leader also brushed aside the political discourse on whether Kohinoor diamond should be brought back or not as a non-issue which should not have been racked up. “This issue of Kohinoor from what I read from the media is much ado about nothing. I dont know why it has been racked up. “Let the Kohinoor be wherever it is. And let India shine like a Kohinoor, that is more important,” he said. Patel was attending a function at the Embassy of France here in which an MoU was signed to send three Indian young footballers to FC Metz academy, one of the best in Europe, to be sponsored by the AIFF. The function was attended by French Ambassador to India Francois Richier who pledged his governments support to the initiative. More PTI PDS AH ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

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