I called the sprint sensations of the social networks so that the tests appear in a practical way: Kiren Rijiju
NEW DELHI: Minister of Sports Kiren Rijiju On Sunday he admitted that asking for urgent tests for sprint sensations on social media, seen running with buffalo, were decisions made under pressure to appear on his job.
Kambala Horseman Srinivas Gowda from Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh Rameshwar Gurjar made national headlines last year for running on muddy and dusty fields, respectively.
They were believed to have completed 100m sprints in 11 seconds, creating a flutter on social media platforms, where some called them, one after another, to the next Usain Bolt .
In Madhya Pradesh somebody had a video of a village boy's running and posted it on social media, commented that he runs faster than Usain Bolt. When it became viral, I could have ignored it but suppose I don't react on that time, people will say the sports minister is silent, is not taking cognizance, he said.
However, in the test, Gurjar was unable to meet expectations and was barely able to complete the 100-meter distance in 12.9 seconds.
Rijiju added, Shivraj Singh Chouhan He also asked me to investigate the matter. So I sent my EFS team to test the guy in Bhopal. He knew his ability, but the country does not know what the nature of the sport is. People started to say that he runs faster than Bolt and that is due to lack of awareness.
During the test, he did not even compete with the younger boys forgetting the older ones, he cannot run even 13 seconds in 100 meters. He never trained, he was 25-26 years old, so age wasn't on his side either, he didn't know how to use nails.
Rijiju also spoke about the story around Kambala Horseman Gowda, whose exploits during a traditional buffalo race in Karnataka created a buzz on social media, forcing the minister to call the 28-year-old for a trail at the SAI, Bengaluru centre.
This was after video clips of him running a distance of 100 meters appeared in just 9.55 seconds.
Then 4-5 months back a news broke out that somebody broke Usain Bolt 's record in a bull race in Karnataka. Even some of the professional people, some of the businessmen, some of the renowned people of India stated that now this guy will bring Olympic gold in 100m, Rijiju said.
The problem is that people have neither knowledge nor understanding. If I don't answer, they will say that the sports minister is silent.
People must be thinking that what the sports minister is doing, he is responding to those kinds of amateur talks, but I had to show the sections that they do not know the sports that I practice Indian sports and that I am there for the athletes. I will give every opportunity to every potential, so I had to prove that, he said.
The minister said that it is time for people to broaden their knowledge of other sports besides cricket to allow India to become a sports power.
Many people complained that the government does not contribute or support enough for the development of sports in India. Let me clarify that knowledge about sports in India is very, very low. People only know about cricket, people don't know about other sports, Rijiju said.