Clean Sports India (CSI), a body that backs athletes to become sports administrators, has strongly condemned the BJP’s decision to suspend Kirti Azad from the party. Azad has been leading the crusade against alleged corruption in the Delhi and District Cricket Association for many years.
In a statement, CSI said it is saddened to note the silence of former cricketers on this issue. “Most of the former cricketers, except few like Bishan Bedi, are compromised with corrupt cricket management of India,” CSI convenor BVP Rao, a former IAS officer, said on Friday.
CSI has been involved with Azad in his crusade against corruption for some years, and it held a press conference in the Kotla sometime ago.
CSI gives a call to former Olympians and other international sports persons to come forward and support Azad in his fight against corruption in sports.
CSI said it had approached former BJP president Nitin Gadkari and the Congress president Sonia Gandhi with a request to discourage their partymen with no sports background in capturing positions of authority in sports federations.
“The Congress party reacted fairly positively and took some measures, including an attempt to bring a sports law. The Congress party distanced itself from CWG prime accused [Suresh] Kalmadi and let investigation agencies to do their job. One wonders why does the BJP not want an even an enquiry on Jaitley?” Rao said in the statement.
Rao also recalled CSI’s efforts to persuade Narendra Modi leave his position of president of Gujarat Cricket Association – Modi on becoming the PM resigned from the post and his trusted lieutenant Amit Shah took over the reins from him.
“CSI wonders why doesn’t the BJP help Kirti Azad, a proud member of the 1983 World Cup-winning Indian team, clean up cricket and see him one day as president of BCCI,” Rao said.