I don’t know about any one else but I am appalled by the recent scandal in Indian Hockey. Apparently coach Kaushik was under the impression that the entire team was his harem and he was at liberty to proposition them, molest them, use them for his pleasure as it suited him. We have been hearing time and again of the sorry state of affairs in national sports – what with players being made to wash the floors of the officials rooms, fetching water in pails for the coach etc etc, and the blatant disregard that the officials and the Sports Ministry treat these rumors with. Sports Authority of India has appointed a coterie of its own flunkies to examine the charge. Its a bloody joke!
I am not a political person. Heck I dont know the rights and wrongs of the matter at all, but I feel that the officials exist only because there are people willing to play and win matches. The sad thing is that most of these athletes come from rural and weaker economic backgrounds and they don’t speak up. If they do, their career is over, thanks to these very officials.
In Ahmedabad, another coach of the SAI Centre at Gandhinagar threw out 11 tribal girls who were from rural areas and did not know anything apart from hockey, without any explanation or even informing their school and parents This was just a day after the sexual harassment case being headlined. As usual the coach and the Sports Authority of India are unavailable to answer to allegations.
You know what I think? I think the Sports Ministry and the officials think they can do what they please. They treat simple courtesy, humanity, law, media and such like things as jokes.
Sports is all about nationalism, discipline and pride for the country. This has been badly subverted.
All this is happening just as the Commonwealth Games are about to begin. I only hope our country does not fall flat on its face – in spite of the officials going out of their way to ensure that it does.