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Updated: February 21, 2014 17:19 IST

Keep politicians out of sports: Rahul

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Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi during a press conference in New Delhi. File photo
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi during a press conference in New Delhi. File photo

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Friday threw his weight behind keeping politicians out of sports bodies in the country and said sportspersons themselves should be at the helm of affairs.

“When you are talking about sports and how to make it accessible, then more and more powers should go the sports people when deciding things about sports in the country,” Mr. Gandhi said at the launch of ‘National Youth Policy 2014’ and ’Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan’ in New Delhi.

“I think that’s the crux of it. Keep the politicians out of sports if you want to put it directly.”

Mr. Rahul said it is similar to empowering common man to help change politics in the country.

“The same applies to politics. If you want to change the politics in the country, give more and more power to young people, give more power to the common man and you change the politics,” Mr. Gandhi added.

National Youth Policy 2014 and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan, a Centrally Sponsored Plan Scheme were launched at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Friday.

Sports Minister Jitendra Singh, Mary Kom, Vijender Singh, P. Gopichand, Ashwini Nachappa, Ronjan Sodhi and Karnam Malleswari were also present on the occasion.

The two programmes were also simultaneously launched at district headquarters and in universities throughout the country.


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Sports is all about being on the front foot, fitness, speed, technique, quick eye movement, courage in the wrists, high ethical standards on and off the field and readiness to take risks.

Being on the back foot and playing the waiting game the score-board will not show any progress. As a result no medals, no goals, no runs, no victories, no laurels for the country and the participating athletes, their squad managers, coaches, trainers and the tax paying public.

from:  Dr. Cajetan Coelho
Posted on: Feb 23, 2014 at 12:27 IST

At Sochi , Russia we have to be Happy even to be allowed to participate ! What a shame! IOA has been brought to such a state thanks to many sports ministers, youth affairs ministers, Srimaan Surseh Kalmadi the Congress Man who was glued in separably as if IOA is his family right. Why sports only? If every area is out of Politicians of the Congress ilk the country would have developed in many areas.

from:  Swaminathan R
Posted on: Feb 22, 2014 at 11:49 IST

Very high sounding rhetoric tried and tested by your great grand father
and Kamaraj Nadar. Within a span of few short months, the Ministers
roped in for party work came back to their ministries.
Ask Shukla and Pawar to resign from their posts in BCCI or sack them as
Ministries - then talk.
Talk as cheap and easy - action is dear and hard.

from:  mani sandilya
Posted on: Feb 22, 2014 at 09:08 IST

Doing what you know is more important than knowing what to do....

from:  Ram Mohan
Posted on: Feb 21, 2014 at 23:59 IST

Mr. Rahul Gandhi is making this statement as if somebody else is responsible. His
Party is running the government and his politicians MPs ate holding the sports
bodies in their hands. He should do something about it.

from:  T.R. Sriram
Posted on: Feb 21, 2014 at 22:59 IST

Not only that the politicians must be kept out of sports-businesses,
but politicians like Kalmadi & Co should have been punished for the
Commonwealth Games embezzlement, and prevented from seizing political
space again. It seems the Congress leadership has realised that sports
bodies need to be placed under the supervision of sportsmen, while
Indian political institutions have not been placed under Swaraj YET.
This is one reason which still makes the political families to think
that their family members empower the common man! Core political issue
in the upcoming general elections is system change, empowerment of the
Aam Aadmi- in enabling them to make decisions on the utilisation of
natural resources for their progress!

from:  A.Kannan
Posted on: Feb 21, 2014 at 21:00 IST

Pl Act.Avoid worthless words

from:  K HAMZA
Posted on: Feb 21, 2014 at 20:27 IST

Sensible thought from a leader. People would have voted for you
overhelmly if you had said it at least one or two year Back.
Never the less please implement it in letter and spirit and bag the
honour of "HERO". Congrats Rahul

from:  arvind chitale
Posted on: Feb 21, 2014 at 19:54 IST

Adding to that India will be better if we keep politicians out of the
government :)

Posted on: Feb 21, 2014 at 19:54 IST

Yeah, right. Start by renaming Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna as Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna award.

from:  Kumar
Posted on: Feb 21, 2014 at 19:33 IST

Well said Rahul ... now I am pretty sure that since you are a man of action, you will now
take the first step yourselves by asking all of your party members who hold prominent
positions in various sports bodies to relinquish their post ! after all you are the No.2 in
the party (even officially ) and therefore if you give an order it should be and would be
respected in your party ...

Now we all know you are not going to take this step, so why not keep your mouth
shut as well in that case .. wake up ..wake up.. you were part of the congress as an MP
for the last ten years ... I hope you remember and recollect that before you continue to
whim about the system ..

from:  arun mony
Posted on: Feb 21, 2014 at 18:51 IST

Seems Rahul wokeup today. Sleeping for the last 10 years.
I pity his silly politrics.

from:  shahid
Posted on: Feb 21, 2014 at 18:38 IST

What is "The System"? Who created this "System"?
Why cannot Mr. Rahul Gandhi correlate ?
Why a simple fact obvious to 120 crore+ Indians is not oblivious to
He is Blaming "The System" for Non-empowerment of women, Poverty and
for every other possible issues this country is facing.
Indian national Congress was in Power for nearly 60 years after
country's Independence.
His Great-Grandfather, Grand Mother, Father were the Prime-Ministers
for most of the time. For the Last 10 years, his Mother was the Brain
and Spinal cord behind the UPA government.
He is in active politics for last 10 years.

At least from now on, he should stop speaking like he is from planet

from:  Balamurugan
Posted on: Feb 21, 2014 at 18:21 IST

Mr.Gandhi always speaks like an opposition leader. He is for getting
that his party is in power for last 10 years. Even in his recent tv
interview he was criticising the government system which his party was
running for last 10 years.

from:  Manish
Posted on: Feb 21, 2014 at 17:49 IST

Good to see the clarity of direction emerging from Rahul and now to quote Benjamin Franklin " Well Done is better than Well Said" is what we need to see from RaGa. The intent followed up with at least some small action in a small sport can convey more than just the wish.

from:  MSR
Posted on: Feb 21, 2014 at 17:46 IST

Sports and Governance of Sports require different skill sets. A Waiter and Chef may belong to Restaurant industry, but their skill set compliment each other's competency. If a specialist batsmen is going to decide on the pricing for the broadcasting licence, it is like waiter and chef interchange their roles. Of course, it is not mandatory for the political people in Sports, but we need a person who has experience in governance, management, business and politics. "Keep politicians out of sports" sounds a great headline, but is not good option in reality.

from:  Rajesh
Posted on: Feb 21, 2014 at 17:36 IST

Yes, sports should not have any politics. As per RaGa, politicians can
and should only be given the right to loot the country, as have been
witnessing by us, the voters, after every election.

from:  umesh
Posted on: Feb 21, 2014 at 17:26 IST

Why didn't Mr Gandhi do anything to keep politician's out of sports in last 10 years when his party was in power?

from:  satyam
Posted on: Feb 21, 2014 at 17:25 IST
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