New Delhi, Sept 7 (ILNS) The Supreme Court today refused to entertain a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking directions to the Centre for officially recognising the game of “Hockey” as the “National Game” of India.
The bench of Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, Justice S. Ravindra Bhat and Justice Bela M. Trivedi held that, “There are lakhs and lakhs of people like you, what should we do? There has to be an individual whether a man or a woman. There is no individual cause. What you said is right, we have all the sympathies we share the same vision. You are entitled to do anything you want. We cannot allow this, either you withdraw or we are dismissing it. It is not possible.”
The Petitioner-in-person, Vishal Tiwari submitted that there is a big importance of Sports in Nation-building. Sports are directly associated with the Nations pride. We are participating in Olympics for several decades but the results are not satisfactory. Sports persons need big support and facilities from the Centre and the States.
The petitioner prayed for initiating public accountability of the funds allocated for this industry and perform greater promotional activities with due broadcasting of sports, directions for the up liftment of the sports industry/athletics games of Olympic by providing due funds, facilities and infrastructure and for officially recognizing the game of Hockey as the National Game of India.
The Petitioner prayed to issue directions to the Government for the advancement of Athletics Games/Sports played in Olympics and to provide the latest advance training, Infrastructure, funds to our Sportsmen and built them efficient enough so that winning of Gold medals in Maximum Number in Future Olympics may not be a dream.
The petitioner also sought directions for the advancement of athletics games/sports played in Olympics & provide latest advance training, infrastructure & funds to sportsmen to enable them to win gold medals in maximum number in Future Olympics.
The petitioner said that the sport of Hockey has not received any Olympic medal in last 41years. In Tokyo 2020, Olympics India was successful to secure a Bronze medal in Hockey after 41years. The history of Hockey in India has been a source of pride for the entire country, India has always been one of the greatest dominant player in this game.
Further, the Petitioner raised the following questions- Is the government policies and initiatives pertaining to the sport are productive and constructive for athletes to compete in the biggest forum? Are the existing resources and facilities satisfactory enough in comparison to successful Olympic playing nations? Does this situation of the Indian sports industry indicate that there should be increased accountability of the public money utilized on this game?
The petitioner pointed out the inability of India’s champions to compete with the best of the best on the greatest platform of the world, due to a lack of exposure to top-level competition, infrastructure, international level facilities and training. /ILNS/RG/KR/SNG