“What Can Be More Unfortunate And More Shameful”: Anurag Thakur On Dog-Walking Row

New Delhi: Anurag Singh Thakur, the Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, stated on Saturday that the Centre had taken action against IAS officers Sanjeev Khirwar and Rinku Dugga for forcing the authorities of the Thyagraj Venue to evacuate the stadium so they could walk their dog. “Nothing was done by the Delhi administration. The Centre intervened and relocated them to a different location. These athletes are the ones who bring home medals for the country. Nobody should get in the way of it. None of my parties, none of the other parties, none of the others, none of the others, none of the others “As he opened the Khashaba Jadhav Sports Complex at Savitribhai Phule Pune University, the Union minister stated in Pune. “What could be more unpleasant and disgraceful than athletes being outside while IAS officers walk their dog?” the Union minister asked, without naming the IAS officers.

The Union minister alluded to the Delhi tragedy when he stated that sports grounds should not be left idle and that competitions should be held on a constant basis. “The infrastructure is there, and the grounds are there, but there are some limitations.”

“Delhi government did not take action against the IAS officers who were forcing athletes out of the stadium. The stadium was not opened for the athletes. But the Centre took action and made their transfers to distant places so that a clear message can be sent across that sports grounds are for the athletes,” Anurag Thakur said.

“I am again saying that these grounds are for sportspersons. If your faculty members want to play on this 27-acre ground, they can, but please don’t go to the synthetic track wearing slippers for your walk,” the minister added.

There should be some rules, the minister said. “If this indoor stadium is meant for badminton, then no shoes apart from the non-marking shoes will be allowed here,” the minister warned.

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