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The shameful game behind the games

Priyanka Saurabh *



The players of the country have been increasing the value of the tricolor on foreign soil. They have to protest at Jantar Mantar for their rights. Will such a country move forward in sports where the controversies of sexual harassment are increasing continuously in the sports world? Those who gave medals to the country are pleading for justice. We are talking about the wrestlers who have come down to fight with the wrestling federation. So what will be the outcome of this fight?

Whose government is there or whose was, it is not an issue. The question is that in every federation from cricket to wrestling, there is sexual abuse against women players. The issue is respect and the mental, and physical safety of women players.

Along with this, the Federation has to be made a safe place for the players. If the safety of the daughters is not ensured, then the trend towards sports among women players will end. Their morale will drop. Women's participation in sports will decrease. There is a question of the prestige of the country and the dignity of women players.

Why talents die in politics, due to active politics in sports, talented players are suppressed, and players are always under the pressure of sports officials. The talents of those who work hard in sports remain suppressed, they are destroyed when they raise their voice.

Medal winners in the highest sports such allegations on the board and assurance of investigation after the protest clarifying the character of both the board and the government. The board is where the government is, so will the government remove the board president, will there be a fair investigation?

The president of WFI is a parliamentarian and the president of almost all sports boards in India is a political person, so the demand for the president to be a former player is also gaining momentum for special progress and development in sports. Anyway, sports talents should be seated in such associations and institutions, not politicians.

The tenure of office bearers in these institutions should also be fixed and no one should be given office for more than one term. Wrestling is the only sport for India, which brings maximum medals, be it the Olympics or Commonwealth Games.

The foundation of the players should not be made of the leaders, but of the players only. There should be senior players in it and not leaders. These are the players of our country who have brought laurels to our country. Have brought a gold medal.

This game has hoisted the flag of Indian sports in the world and has given vibrancy to the sports of India and a height to its identity. Its players have been victorious on the strength of their passion. In this way, Indian wrestlers have raised the country's sports flag and pride all over the world, so if the president and coaches of the wrestling federation are being accused of sexual exploitation of women players, then it is defaming India all over the world.

It is an infamous stain, a great tragedy. It's a matter of shame. When these players sitting on dharna come after winning medals, then the politicians themselves call them and set everyone's mike and praise everyone for media propaganda, but when these players sit on dharna against the ill-treatment being meted out to them. At that time, politicians who show great readiness can smell snakes, why is it so?

India has a long history of neglecting sports and sportspersons. Allegations of the working style of sports federations, favoritism in the selection and not getting proper facilities to the players have been made in the past as well, but the latest case is such that not only the wrestling federation but also the credibility and transparency of all the sports federations have raised questions. .

The MP who misbehaved with the girls and young players of the country should be immediately removed from his post and resigned from him and after that fair investigation and legal action should be taken. So that the confidence and morale of the young players of the country remain above the country and India's name is illuminated on the world stage, whoever may be the parliamentarian, legislator, minister, or officer, should be immediately removed from his post and his resignation should be taken from him.

This will be the right thing for the youth of the country. It will be called the misfortune of the country that despite the restrictions of the government, most of the sports associations are occupied by politicians and government officials. There is a lot of corruption in them, which does not allow real sporting talents to come forward.

These office bearers are more concerned about their development than the development of sports. Most of their time is also spent pleasing the politicians sitting on the chair and in political manipulation of sports associations. More than the players, these officials enjoy facilities and travel abroad. If the aggrieved players also have solid proof, then those proofs should be placed in front of the country and the country's court.

Whatever the allegation is very serious, there should be a fair investigation and if the allegation is proven then severe punishment should be given, by dissolving the executive bodies of all the boards of the country, such a law should be made that only apolitical and sports background people are elected in the sports boards.

The most worrying thing is that if the women wrestlers, who have increased the pride and glory of the country, have to struggle even to protect their honor, then the functioning of our sports associations also comes into question.

Where the players of the country should have a sense of pride and respect for their federations and sports organizations, while they have a sense of contempt and rebellion, then it is a matter of shame. Along with this, it should also be seen why such allegations keep coming from the sports world from time to time.

Why do women players remain silent even after being victims of sexual abuse so that their careers may not end?

To ensure that this does not happen in the future and to make sure that the daughters of the country make a career in sports while feeling safe, there should be a serious consideration to create an effective mechanism within various federations.


* Priyanka Saurabh wrote this article for e-pao.net
The writer is a Research Scholar in Political Science , Poetess, independent journalist, and columnist
and can be contacted at priyankasaurabh9416(AT)gmail(DOT)com
This article was webcasted on January 22 2023.



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