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‘Will rethink playing for India’

Minutes after winning India's first track and field silver medal of the XIX Commonwealth Games, discuss thrower Vikas Gowda threatened to "re-think" his decision to participate for his native land in the future if the athletics federation continued to give him step-motherly treatment.

india Updated: Oct 11, 2010 00:16 IST
Abhijeet Kulkarni

Minutes after winning India's first track and field silver medal of the XIX Commonwealth Games, discuss thrower Vikas Gowda threatened to "re-think" his decision to participate for his native land in the future if the athletics federation continued to give him step-motherly treatment.

The 27-year-old held back no punches while speaking to the media and wondered if the federation did not want him to participate for India.

"I have been dealing with this nonsense for three years now. Sometimes I think they don't want me to play for India.

"If these things continue then I will have to think about my future (about representing India)," said Gowda, who has been living in the US since childhood.

Gowda was particularly miffed because his father Shive, who is also his coach, was not provided accreditation by the federation and had to sit in the stands to watch his son win the silver medal.

"He was a national level coach at one time. I had informed Mr (Lalit) Bhanot that I will like to have my father with me during the Games in August. They just brushed me aside then and nothing was done till I landed here on October 1," he added.