New Delhi: Apr 27, 2012
Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Friday welcomed the government's nomination of Sachin Tendulkar for a Rajya Sabha (Upper House of the Indian Parliament) seat, saying the IOA is happy that its long-standing demand to include sportspersons in the Upper House has been accepted.
"This is another feather in Sachin's cap as he has become the first sportsperson to be nominated to Rajya Sabha," IOA Acting President Vijay Kumar Malhotra said in a statement.
"IOA is happy that its long standing demand to have sportsperson nominated to Rajya Sabha has been accepted. We hope this will become a rule than exception," he added.
Stating that sportspersons play a great role in unifying the country by their stellar performances and deserve recognition by the state, Malhotra said, "this nomination is a step towards that."
Malhotra also applauded the election of former hockey captain Dilip Tirkey to Rajya Sabha.
"I hope that nomination and elections of these sporting icons will encourage the young sportspersons to give their best for the country, especially during the London Olympics."
The Acting President pointed out that the IOA, on its part, has also taken a big step in giving due recognition to sportspersons by appointing three-time Olympian Ajitpal Singh as chef de mission for the upcoming London Games.
"This is the first time that a sportsperson will lead the Indian contingent in Olympics," said Malhotra.
The government on Thursday nominated Tendulkar to the Upper House along with actress of yesteryear Rekha and industrialist Anu Aga.IOA Secretary General Randhir Singh also hailed the government's decision to nominate Tendulkar as a Rajya Sabha member.
IOA Secretary General Randhir Singh also hailed the government's decision to nominate Tendulkar as a Rajya Sabha member.
"I congratulate Tendulkar on this development. He is a sporting icon of the country and his contribution to Indian cricket is remarkable. He deserves this great honour," said Randhir. (PTI)