Dhawan posted a video of the incident, tweeting, “Very disappointing to see Kabaddi players in a statewide championship eating the toilet. I will be asking @myogiadityanath & UPGovtSports to look into the same and take action.”
It is very disappointing to see Kabaddi players in the statewide championship eating in the toilet. will ask Tweet embed & Tweet embed To look into the matter itself and take action. pic.twitter.com/2pekZW8Icx– Shekhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) September 21, 2022
The National Kabaddi Federation on Wednesday removed its hands from the incident as players in a statewide tournament were fed from the toilet, saying it was not in any way involved in organizing the girls’ event in UP’s Saharanpur.
The incident caused an uproar as politicians condemned the poor treatment the players received. “The Amateur Kabaddi Association of India (AKFI) had no role in organizing the tournament. It was just an event related to the Uttar Pradesh state government. S.P. Garg, the Delhi High Court-appointed director who has run AKFI since 2018, told PTI news agency. (The organizers) made their own arrangements.
Asked how a statewide championship could be held without a national federation penalty, he said, “We are in no way involved in the organization of the tournament. Humara Qui Lin Dina Nahin Heh (we have no concern about that). We had no information ( about the tournament).
Rajesh Kumar Singh, Secretary of the UP State Kabaddi Association, said the tournament had not been approved by the AKFI nor by the state unit. He said the event was not on the annual calendar. The tournament was organized by the State Government Department of Sports. Our role was to provide technical support only. We sent some officials to conduct the event and selection committee, and nothing else.
“We have our statewide events such as the Open Championships. This event (the girls’ under-16 championship in Saharanpur) was not included in our annual calendar of events.”
He said the state government is taking strict measures and a panel of inquiry will receive player feedback from each of the 16 divisions (mandalas) that participated in the tournament. An alleged video of the incident that appeared on social media showed cooked food being stored in a toilet at Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Stadium in Saharanpur where kabaddi players themselves took it.
The statewide Kabaddi Girls Championship was held from September 16-18, with over 300 players participating. The incident sparked criticism, with BJP MP Pilibhit asking Varun Gandhi if Indian sports should be purged of politicians and their representatives.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also took a quick look, asking how Indian athletes would win gold at the Olympics if they were treated in this way.
(with PTI input)