Sunita Godara, 1992 Asian Marathon champion said that sports is not in the main agenda of Aam Aadmi Party. “There is no mention of the word 'sports' in their mandate,'' said Godara. It seems to be surprising as AAP wants to make India a corruption free state and yet, they seem to have turned a blind eye on the sports scenario in India, which has seen some huge corruption cases, bringing the country's name to disrepute.
One of the biggest corruption scandal being 2010 Commonwealth Games, which was held in Delhi, where politicians, bureaucrats and top officials of the Indian Olympic Association are said to be involved. ''The officials, politicians, IAS officers involved in the 2010 CWG scandal should be booked. This will also make the Indian public happy,'' said Godara.
At present, the scenario is not praiseworthy for Indian athletes, who would head over for Winter Games in Sochi. They will not participate under India's flag but the Olympic flag – a situation, which has been brought about by IOA's dirty politics. The AAP should in fact take this matter on first priority basis, as it a matter of prestige for India
as well. Other sports
like Cricket also suffer from corruption in India.
India is not the only country who suffer from such kind of corruption in sports. Countries such as South Africa, Sri Lanka, Portugal etc have a law in place to check corruption in sports. This could act as a deterrent to those corrupt officials, who are always on the lookout for that extra bucks under the table.
Godara feels an anti-corruption law could be a right step forward for India as well, if followed. She said, ''It could be a good step. If a law is set, those who are ruling and governing should make sure that the law is implemented.'' But she sadly stated, there is no rule of law in India.
Though, the AAP may not have overlooked corruption in sports, but people from several sports quarters expect Kejriwal to look into this matter in due course of time. However, Godara praised AAP and primarily Kejriwal and said, ''I praise Kejriwal for changing the dynamics of politics in India.''
But, it is time that Delhi CM uses his broom to clean up Indian sports as well, before it is too late.