Plea In Top Court Seeks Hockey Be Recognised As National Game Of India


Plea In Top Court Seeks Hockey Be Recognised As 'National Game' Of India

The petitioner stated the sport of hockey has been a real satisfaction of India (File)

New Delhi:

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed earlier than the Supreme Court in search of applicable instructions to the Centre and numerous sports activities our bodies for the development of video games performed within the Olympics, in addition to selling cricket.

The PIL, filed by lawyer Vishal Tiwari, sought instructions to the respondents, Centre and different involved sports activities our bodies for recognising hockey because the nationwide sport of India.

“There is a popular perception that Hockey is the National Game or sport of India, but it has not been officially recognised by the government yet,” Mr Tiwari advised ANI.

Mr Tiwari, in his petition, whose copy has been accessed by ANI, sought instructions to the Centre and different sports activities our bodies for the “upliftment of the sports industry/athletics games of the Olympics by providing due funds, facilities and infrastructures.”

He additionally requested the court docket to direct the respondents to provoke public accountability of the funds allotted for the sports activities business and carry out larger promotional actions with due broadcasting of such sports activities.

Mr Tiwari additional sought a course to the respondents to “promote the athletics games of Olympics at school and college-level and a special committee shall be formulated to look and govern the sports programs in schools and colleges.”

“The history of hockey in India has been a source ofpride for the entire country. In this sport, India has always been one of the greatest dominators of the game. However, it can be said with greater misfortune that for 41 years India hasn’t received any Olympic accolade from the game of hockey. In Tokyo 2020 Olympics, this time, India was, however, successful to secure the Bronze medal in Hockey after forty-one years,” Mr Tiwari stated, in his petition.

Therefore, Mr Tiwari, within the petition stated, “Hockey needs to be declared as our National Game.”

“While India is a superpower in the game of Cricket and has a track record of producing some of the world’s brightest minds and corporate leaders, it has struggled in other areas,” Mr Tiwari famous in his plea.

“The game of hockey, which has been a true pride of India, has lost its popularity with no initiatives and support from the UOI (Union of India),” he added.

The petition famous that after 41 years, India, nonetheless, this yr, gained a bronze medal on this sport, however throughout earlier occasions, this sport was was once dominated by India.

“Thereby, it showed the lack of initiative of the UOI and other sports bodies concerned, in making sure that this standard of this game is at par with other countries,” the petition stated.

The petitioner stated that India, with its inhabitants and larger sources and expertise, compared to different Olympic taking part in nations, has repeatedly been disillusioned in essentially the most aggressive event of the world.

“Arbitrary fund allocations and deficient infrastructures with no international level facilities should be handled properly. The potential athletes are also denied allowances and monthly payments to run their families,” Mr Tiwari stated.

He stated that the governments — central and states — have not taken any constructive initiatives for the upliftment of the sports activities business.

“The policies pertaining to the field of sports which are in existence hasn’t been productive and effective enough. Therefore, there is a requirement of new policies, regulations for the sports industry to compete at a greater level,” the petition stated.

It famous that “public money which the government used for funding the policies for initiatives in the past for sports have not been utilised with a greater spirit.”

“The correct allocation of funds is still a question which is still unanswered with no accountability,” the plea stated including that promotional actions pertaining to sports activities apart from cricket have been extraordinarily disappointing, leading to lesser consciousness of the sports activities which can be equally essential for the individuals to play.

“Such lesser promotional functions with no allowances for the players have resulted in demotivation and unexplored talents for the country,” the petition filed by Mr Tiwari earlier than the Supreme Court added.


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