KPS Gill hits back at Sports Minister
Under-fire hockey supremo KPS Gill hits back at MS Gill for suggesting that younger administrators should head sports federations.india Updated: Apr 25, 2008 18:59 IST
Under-fire hockey supremo KPS Gill on Friday hit back at Sports Minister MS Gill for suggesting that younger administrators should head sports federations, saying younger people should first become Sports Minister.
In a scathing counter-attack, a defiant Gill said that there was no question of stepping down from his post in the wake of the bribe scandal and bluntly told the Sports Minister not to talk about accountability since he knew nothing about sports.
"Let younger people first become sports ministers before such suggestions are given. I don't think age has anything to do with managing sports," KPS Gill said.
"Let not sports ministers talk of accountability or responsibility. Most of them don't know anything about sports and have never done anything for hockey. In the past five years, have you seen these ministers doing anything?" he told CNN-IBN.
"What have these government bodies done for us? Where have they ever provided us with the funds or the facilities? They call it the national game, and do nothing for it," an angry Gill said.
The IHF President, who has been under pressure to resign with Members of Parliament, Sports Minister and several former players demanding his ouster, said other than Uma Bharti none of the sports ministers had done anything for the game.
"The present minister has only been there for a few days, lets see what he does. At least she (Uma Bharti) helped build an astroturf ground in Bhopal, the others had no interest in sports and just occupied the chair. Mr (Mani Shankar) Aiyar wasn't even available to meet, so what is one to expect," Gill said.
On another suggestion from the Sports Minister that he should "introspect and review" his position in the IHF in the aftermath of the bribe scandal involving K Jothikumaran, Gill questioned the credibility of the sting operation.
"Am I to resign based on a concocted sting operation, or simply because some players or a section of the media wants me to? There is a rule of law, a democracy in the country, I am not going to resign when I haven't done anything wrong," he said.
On former Olympian Aslam Sher Khan starting a signature campaign among MPs seeking Gill's removal after the Indian team failed to qualify for Olympics for the first time in 80 years, he said "has media tried to find out how many MPS actually signed this petition? These are all moves by frustrated people".
On the Indian Olympic Association's emergency meeting on Monday, he said "let them meet, I have made it clear, I am not resigning".