Alleging gross irregularities in setting up of stadiums in the state, the newly elected president of Haryana Olympic Association (HOA) and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader, Sher Singh Barshami, on Thursday accused the ruling Congress government of promoting "nepotism and regionalism" in sports.
Briefing local news persons here, Barshami said that it was shocking to see how the Haryana government had been ignoring better sportspersons and doling out better jobs and cash rewards to less talented sportspersons.
He said several sportspersons -including Dinesh Kumar, Jai Bhagwan, Kavita Chahal, Kavita Goel, Seema Antil, Priyanka, Kavita Siwach and Promila- were not given rewards or jobs according to their talent. Barshami, who was accompanied by state INLD president Ashok Arora, said Hooda had made false claims about 180 stadiums in Haryana.
Claiming to have surveyed all the stadiums, Barshami and Arora said that there were at least 80 stadiums which neither had staff nor coaches.